Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Donald G. Jacobson


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Jacobson was the public relations manager for United Power Association. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: First involvement with powerline project. Role as public relations manager when Jacobson first joined UPA. Public hearing proceedings - the first signs of opposition; outcome of the meetings. Opposition to line - landowners vs. non-landowners; impact of movement on the building of current and future powerlines; impact of vandalism. UPA - reaction to opposition; West Coast trip; attitude towards the need for public relations; current public relations strategy and effectiveness. The powerline project - determining future electricity needs; planning project; procedural problems involved because of Power Plant Siting Act; informing landowners; obtaining easements; routing line; tower placement. Relationship between UPA and CPA in use of public relations. Media coverage of the controversy. Mankato line. Reasons for rates increasing - energy crisis; farmers using electrical equipment. Role of legislators. Governor Anderson. Governor Perpich - mediation sessions; science court; law enforcement. Legal aspects of controversy - court injunction, moratorium; three judge panel; Supreme Court hearings; lawsuits. Meeting with organizations. Impact of controversy on job and personal life. How the project would be done differently if they were to do it again.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassette
49 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: Jacobson, Donald G.
Interviewer: Nelson, Edward P.
Interviewer: Fogerty, James E.
Dates Creation: 08/24/1978 - 08/30/1978

Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 25
Accession Number AV1988.180.19
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project'

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