Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with James Nelson


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Nelson was born and raised on a farm and at the time of the interview was a farmer in Grant County, Minnesota. After graduating from high school, he earned a undergradute degree in physics at the University of Minnesota and a master's in physics at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years he worked in Massachusetts before returning to farming. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Background. Learning about the powerline project. Environmental Quality Commission - Power Plant Siting Act; impact on utilities; zoning ordinances; corridor study; citizen's advisory committees; hearing process; taping of hearings and transcripts being lost; environmental impact statement; need certificate. Opposition organizations - CARE; individual groups; consolidation of lawsuits; role in organizations; mediation sessions; Governor Perpich's involvement; confrontations with surveyors. Utilities - communicating with; power of board of directors vs. general managers in making decisions; calling the National Guard. Working with legislature. Health issues - ozone levels produced; electric field; "induced charge". Personal impact of controversy. Current situation with judges and the courts. Impact on groups and people involved in controversy. Future of electricity and energy use.
Quantity 3 hour sound cassette
35 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 150 minutes length
Place Subject: Grant County, Minnesota, United States
Creation Interviewee: Nelson, James
Interviewer: Nelson, Edward P.
Dates Creation: 05/31/1977
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 25
Accession Number AV1988.180.27
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project'

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