Idaho Falls has initiated an offer in a future acquisition process in order to construct a transmission loop around the City of Idaho Falls.
When a major project such as this occurs, a key question will be whether there is a true Environmental Assessment which considers all the alternate routes, the environmental effects of each proposed route, and a determination of what is best for the community. The question is whether that was done here.
Calling itself the Alliance for Property Rights and Fiscal Responsibility, a group of Bonneville County property owners is seeking a temporary restraining order against the city of Idaho Falls. They’re challenging Idaho Falls Power’s authority to condemn right of way for construction of the 161-kilovolt North Loop Transmission Line.
In a news release, the Alliance contends property owners were given until March 9 to accept the city’s purchase proposals or face the threat of eminent domain and condemnation.
The group claims its suggestions for alternate routes were dismissed by HDR, the engineering firm hired by the city to work on the project.