Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Philip O. Martin


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Martin was born and raised on a farm in North Dakota. He served in the Air Force for four years and then attended the University of North Dakota where he received a degree in business administration with a major in accounting. In 1960, he was hired by Rural Cooperative Power Association (later United Power Association) as an administrative assistant. He became general manager of UPA in 1972. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Background. UPA - structure; board of directors; how electricity is generated; Coal Creek Station; powerlines; types of customers and useage. Factors in building line - economics; type of transmission lines; need for energy source. How MAPP provides energy resources. Possibility of alternative projects. Planning for future needs and alternative energy sources. UPA and promoting use of electrical energy at the generation-transmission level. Public opinion regarding an energy crisis. Regulation of cooperatives in the future. 1973 Power Plant Siting Act - choosing to come under law; routing line and corridor selection; hearing process. Obtaining easements. Powerline controversy - initial realization of problem; why opposition developed; role of outside organizations; health and safety; entry point; eminent domain; dealing with problem; involvement of Governors Anderson and Perpich; corridor vs. routing process; mediation sessions; science court; confrontations between protestors and surveyors/construction workers; role of media; personal impact; long term implications on cooperatives; current situation; state troopers; and costs due to vandalism.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassette
42 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 180 minutes length
Place Made in: Elk River, Sherburne County, Minnesota, United States
Creation Interviewee: Martin, Philip O.
Interviewer: Nelson, Edward P.
Interviewer: Fogerty, James E.
Dates Creation: 07/27/1978 - 08/02/1978
(Interviews conducted 07/27/1978 and 8/2/1978.)
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 25
Accession Number AV1988.180.24
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project'

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