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Workshop to discuss substation & transmission line

Special to The Courier

A landowner workshop has been planned for all interested in, or potentially impacted by, the proposed substation and transmission line planned for the Blumenthal area, near Fredericksburg.
The workshop will feature an update from LCRA staff on the current status of the LCRA Transmission Service Corporation's (TSC) application to the Public Utility Commission and next steps in the routing process. A panel discussion of landowner rights during the routing selection and construction process will follow.
The workshop will take place from 9 am to noon on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Hill Country University Center, 2818 Highway 290 East, Fredericksburg, and is free and open to the public.
The moderator will be Katherine Romans, Landowner Outreach Program Manager for the Hill Country Alliance. Lance Wenmohs, Manager of Siting and Certification for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), will present an update on the LCRA TSC's application.
A second panel will feature legal experts in transmission line cases. Patrick Reznik, Braun and Gresham Attorneys at Law, will provide a broad introduction to the transmission line process- from establishing need to construction. Brad Bayliff, Bayliff Law Firm PLLC, will discuss the PUC routing process and if and when landowners should get involved as interveners with the PUC. Luke Ellis, Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP, will discuss the phases of the condemnation process and how landowners can prepare in advance for those proceedings.
As Central Texas grapples with population growth and increasing energy demands, it is critical that the general population understand their rights and responsibilities in the routing process, the Hill Country Alliance said in a press release. Public input is essential to guiding the routing decisions made by the PUC. The goal of this workshop is to empower private landowners to participate in this process, the press release said.
To stay informed about this and other land, water and scenic beauty issues in the Hill Country, visit http://www.hillcountryalliance.org and click "subscribe" to receive the Alliance's weekly newsletter with news, events and updates.