The MATL Transmission Line:  Is More Alberta Energy Going South?

Since 2004, MATL (Montana Alberta Tie Line) has been trying to gain regulatory and property owner approval for a 300 Mega Watt high voltage transmission line between Lethbridge, AB and Great Falls, Montana.

Initially the $100 million project was to be operational by spring of 2007, but EUB hearings, concerning the MATL application, was just recently completed. Many affected parties voiced their opinion for or against the planned power line. Routing and safety issues were among the more disputed items. A decision is expected early 2008.

Questions also being asked were: Do we really need this line in terms of power supply? Should we be integrating our power lines East-West rather than North-South? The MATL project is being touted as a win-win venture, the question remains, for whom?

Speaker: Scott Stenbeck

Scott was raised in Pincher Creek, where he graduated from Mathew Halton High School. After undergraduate studies at the University of Lethbridge, he graduated from the University of Victoria, with a law degree in 1998. Scott has been in sole private practice for six years, specializing in litigation and working extensively for property owners, who oppose oil, gas and power expansions through homesteads and prime agricultural land. Scott recently won a landmark appeal preventing a two-billion dollar project from Edmonton to Calgary proposed by Altalink. At the November EUB hearings in Lethbridge, Scott represented 24 property owners opposing the MATL application.
Scott Stenbeck and his wife Christine have three children.

Moderator: Susan Giffen

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2007

Time: Noon - 1:30 PM

Location: Ericksen’s Family Restaurant (lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. Cost: $10.00 (includes lunch)

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