GROUPS CAN USE THIS RESOLUTION AS A MODEL TO WRITE THEIR OWN.....WOLF WATERSHED EDUCATIONAL PROJECT (WWEP)
RESOLUTION ON PROPOSED TRANSMISSION LINES
Keshena, Menominee Nation;
January 15, 2000
Whereas, many Wisconsin citizens are concerned about and/or directly affected by a 250-mile long, 345-kilovolt transmission line, proposed by Minnesota Power and the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, which would cut a 250-foot- wide path through many communities;
Whereas, many Wisconsin landowners/taxpayers, township and county governments, and the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have concerns with regard to negative effects of transmission lines on our environment; as proposed routes run through wetlands, forests, farm fields, etc.
Whereas, a 115-kilovolt feeder line is also proposed to run to the Venus substation, near Monico, in order to provide electricity to the Crandon mine, which would have detrimental environmental, economic, and cultural impacts on communities and the natural environment on and around the Wolf River;
Whereas, electricity for the "Power-Up Wisconsin" proposal would come partially from hydroelectric projects in northern Manitoba that have flooded and in other ways rendered inaccessible the lands and waters of Pimicikamak Cree Nation at Cross Lake;
Whereas, at every step of the way--from the hydroelectric dams, to the transmission line, to the Crandon mine--this power project has demonstrated disregard for the rights of land-based peoples, including farmers and indigenous peoples, to continue living on and gaining sustenance from their local environment;
Whereas, the project would not benefit the citizens anywhere in Wisconsin, as electricity is freely sold between utilities, and transmission lines are not the only or the best method of transporting energy;
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Wolf Watershed Educational Project stands firmly and steadfastly in support of the efforts of the Save Our Unique Lands (SOUL) group, and unites with transmission line opponents in protecting our environment, rural cultures, and democratic local control.
Further Be It Resolved, that the transmission line project is unnecessary for citizens anywhere in Wisconsin, and it should not be built in anyone's backyard.