New Mexico energy firm cancels plans to build power line

New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas-based energy company has ended plans to build a power line that would have stretched throughout northern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Thursday that Hunt Power terminated the Verde Transmission Line project that would connect two state Public Service Company substations from Ojo to Santa Fe.

Experts say the proposed transmission line would have stretched for 30 miles (48 kilometers) providing additional power to the area and a new way to transport energy from renewable sources statewide.

Residents say a petition signed by more than 4,600 people opposed the project because it would harm low-income communities and wildlife in the region.

The energy firm says multiple agencies and county governments have opposed the project prohibiting progress for more than two years.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com

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