Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Lawrence B. Hartman

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Titles Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Lawrence B. Hartman
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Hartman was a project manager for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. He received his undergraduate degree in History and Economics and a master's in Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to working for the MEQB he worked for Commonwealth Associates in Michigan. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Background. Role as project manager. Process to submit an application to MEQB. How process worked with CPA-UPA project. Corridor selection procedure - original process; reason for new procedures; end point and entry point selection; corridor selection. Corridor evaluation committee. Purpose of information hearings. Public hearings - choosing and role of hearing examiner; set up of; structure of; writing of report; missing transcripts. Powerline route - choosing route; opposition to route; reasons for not making I-94 a route; alternative routes. Health and safety issues. Environmental Impact Statement. Future problems in siting powerlines in existing right-of-ways. Public image of agency. Reflections on the controversy and how it was handled. Science court. The construction of the project - involvement of agency; involvement of opposition. West Coast trip. Effectiveness of new siting procedures. Cost of project. How final approval of project is made. Need for line. Criticisms of how agency handled project. Impact of controversy on future powerlines.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassette
47 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 210 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Hartman, Lawrence B.
Interviewer: Nelson, Edward P.
Subjects Minnesota, United States
Places Subject: Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 02/27/1978 (Interview dates: 2/27/1978 and 4/6/1979.)
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 25 (Library Call Number)
AV1988.180.15 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project'


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