County spends $38,000 on transmission line battle

County spends $38,000 on transmission line battle

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County spends $38,000 on transmission line battle

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 2 at 3:42 PM

BURLEY, Idaho -- Cassia County in south-central Idaho has spent $38,000 in taxpayer money since 2009 fighting a high-voltage power line planned to cut across private property.

A local news organization reported the county's biggest expense is about $34,000 in legal fees to attorney Doug Balfour of Pocatello.

The county's second-largest cost is lunch meetings and meals, adding up to about $3,000.

The so-called Gateway West Transmission Line is planned to run from Glenrock, Wyo., to Melba in southwest Idaho.

The 990-mile power line is intended to bring power to meet the region's growing energy needs.

County Commission Chairman Dennis Crane says the county is working to protect private property so as not to disrupt farmland.

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