Intertie appeal settled

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Parties involved in an appeal of the state permits for a Healy-Fairbanks power line have reached a settlement.

Under the settlement, the Department of Natural Resources agreed to give full consideration of the unique quality of fens, a type of wetland, in future land management decisions for the Tanana Flats.

Also, Golden Valley Electric Association agreed to provide a $10,000 grant for a study of the fens.

All parties agree to pay their own attorney fees, and both the state and GVEA agree not to seek damages from Stacey Fritz, David Valentine and Edward Murphy, who appealed of the state's decision to permit GVEA to build a 100-mile 230-kilovolt line from Healy to Fairbanks.

The settlement means that GVEA's construction schedule can proceed on time, said Greg Wyman, GVEA manager of construction services. Right-of-way clearing will resume June 15 and continue through Sept. 1, he said. Wyman estimates about 35 miles remain to be cleared.

In early March, Commissioner Pat Pourchot of the Department of Natural Resources gave final state approval for permits and rights of way for the project.

GVEA had been seeking state approval for five years. The utility, which reportedly spent $5 million getting state approval, gained federal approval in 1999.

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