Securing the way for Basin Electric's new transmission line





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Published on Mar 13, 2012

Watford City is the southern gateway to North Dakota's alternate universe, where the pace of life and scenery are forever changed by the Bakken oil activity. For the next five years or so, Kelly Suko will be immersed in this universe. He's a property and right of way specialist for Basin Electric. He works hard to make sure the cooperative can get access to the land needed to build new generation and transmission facilities in the oil field.

The cooperative plans to build a 345-kilovolt transmission line from its Antelope Valley Station, around the western end of Lake Sakakawea, and then east to its Neset Substation near Tioga.

Before the first shovel of dirt is turned, many things must happen first, including gaining access to the land to survey it. On this day, Suko visits landowner April Obenour at her home in Arnegard. She owns land along the proposed route for the transmission line.

Watch the video to get a feel for the kinds of things right of way specialists talk to landowners about. A big thank-you to April for allowing communications staff to visit with her and shoot photos and video!



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