Residents fight power lines in Chandler neighborhood

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -  Some Chandler families are fighting to keep power lines from going up in their neighborhood.

The Arizona Corporation Commission was set to meet Tuesday in Phoenix to review the issue. The plan was originally to replace existing power lines and put up ones twice their size. 

The lines would bring more power to the high-tech hub at the Price Road corridor where Intel and Orbital Sciences are located. Those opposed to the above-ground power lines started gathering signatures on a petition, saying they didn't want to have to see or hear the above-ground high-voltage power lines.

SRP said it's too expensive to put the lines below ground. It will cost $3 million to build the lines above ground and $30 million to put them below ground, according to SRP. The utility said it would not be fair to the other SRP customers to spend that much.

Last week, the Gila River Indian Community Council rejected a route that would bring most of the new lines across tribal land, avoiding residential areas in Chandler and Sun Lakes. SRP hopes to re-negotiate that.
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