SENECA, Kan. (WIBW)__Clean Line Engery officials told Nemaha County residents, Kansas can produce over 80 times more wind power than it needs.
Allowing them to build a line to export it would benefit them with jobs and cash.
Project Manager Diana Rivera said, "Whenever you have a major project like this you are going to create jobs, we estimate about 4,000 jobs and 500 current ones with maintaining and monitoring the systems."
Executive Vice President Jimmy Glotfelty said, "We are offering a unique payment plan based on the amount of poles on your land so if you have 10 poles you will get the payment times ten and that could be very profitable."
While the proposed transmission line promises thousands of new jobs and to move Kansas up nationally in wind exporting, some residents in Nemaha County just don't feel the rewards outweigh the risks.
Linda Honeyman, said, "I live within a mile of where they are trying to put these huge conglomerates of 3500 watts of electricity and my grandbabys live within that too so I'm very concerned with the health issue."
There was also a sentiment that no matter what happened at tonight's meeting, the end result is immanent.
Keith Kramer said, "Deep in my heart its gonna happen, the best thing we can do is learn to work with them and they will have to work with us. We will just have to live with it and hope they treat us fair.
The next public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit.
More Public Hearings:
Tuesday, August 20--Russel, KS--Ruppenthal Middle School, 400 North Elm.
Thursday, August 22--Kinsley, KS--Kinsley High School, 716 Colony Avenue