Update November 10, 2014:
Notice of Public Hearings and Public Comment Opportunities/Period -- regarding Joint Application to Construct New Badger-Coulee 345 kV Transmission Lines in Dane County.
ATC's Badger Coulee project APPLICATION which has now been accepted by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (Docket 5CE142):
1. Many people received . . . . a large EMPTY yellow envelope from the PSC. If you received an "empty" envelpe you need to call the Public Service Commission and tell them: 608 266 5481. They don't know which addresses were messed up. The missing information was probably to inform us about the Scoping Meetings which are coming up fast.
2. Scoping Meeting. This link is info from the Public Service Commission on Town of Berry's Website. http://www.townofberry.org/pages/PSC%20Hearings-index%20page.pdf
These Scoping Meetings are for collecting info for and are involved in creation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Badger Coulee project. The table below shows dates and locations of the "identical" scoping meetings. People with local info or environmental concerns need to attend one of these public meetings. It doesn't matter which one you attend. Comments for the Public Service Commission and the Department of Natural Resources on what should be included in (the scope of) the environmental impact statement must be in writing. Comments can be submitted any of 3 ways:
1. At these scoping sessions
2. Or by letter to the EIS Coordinator for the "docket 5-CE-142, Public Service Commission of WI, 610 North Whitney Way, Box 7854, Madison WI 53707-7854".
3. Or thru this PSC website: http://psc.wi.gov under Public Comments for the docket 5-CE-142.
The deadline for EIS scoping comments is: July 15 2014. All meetings are from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Here’s some info on how Scoping Sessions work:
Q. Are the [scoping meetings] ... where you stand in line and give your statement,.. Or is more like open house?
A. More like an "open house" -- nothing like making public testimony or a hearing. The staff will likely stand around and not ask you to do anything. They prefer to chat, answer questions. They'll have the same maps and materials that are already on the docket.
Q. Is this the time to have a large showing?
A. Absolutely, but with the purpose of getting good sensitivities into the impact statement.
They are scientists. Truly help them. You know a lot more detail about the world they are trying to account for than they do. Help them learn about specific details or "sensitivities" in your world that are special-- qualities that need to be preserved. "Environments" and “economies" we like have special qualities to be preserved-- list them.
Q. I thought at some point the reason we were getting all that info at the help sessions was so people wouldn't have to show up in person to say the same stuff.
A. There is no opportunity to go on record verbally. To get in the draft impact statement, it must be submitted in writing.
Since most people can't think/write with a bunch of people around them, one excellent way to use the scoping meeting is to take a list of some known specific "sensitivities" you want the staff to look at and see if they know about them. The PSC/DNR staff might have time to check to see if they have documented 2 or 3 specific "sensitivities" you ask about. You should then, take what you learn, add other "sensitivities," write them down, map them and add a letter-- easiest to do this at home. See below. You have until July 15th to mail it in.
How to be effective:
1. The PSC and DNR staff folks are essentially making lists of specific things: people, animals, water, air, soil, schools, health care centers, housing developments, cultural sensitivities, local economies.
2. State your household's energy priorities in writing. You can do this on line too: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KvzEEHomrrn76fQu2EKdASxM-0vObjoI79hu3j8gRrg/viewform
3. Ideally, go to the scoping meeting, talk, look at maps, ask them to look at details with you, ask questions and then go home and use this info like this to help you prepare your input. SOUL of Wisconsin has suggestions: http://soulwisconsin.org/Resources/SOUL_Residents_PSC_InputForm_V01.pdf
4. Quality is better than quantity. Locating the sensitivities on a map makes it much easier to be included on their Maps: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B55kt_Jb6O0yWm0xMWV1VFlYeFU&usp=sharing
5. Opinions such as "Put it over there" or "This is what is best for WI energy future" will not be included. Save opinions for the hearings next fall after the energy solutions have been described by professionals.
For documents approved by the Town Board on 7/16/12 regarding the preliminary routes of the Cardinal-North Madison high voltage transmission line see: