Bias accusations in Cardinal-Hickory Creek vote

After voting 3–0 to approve the Cardinal-Hickory Creek power line through southwest Wisconsin, two of the three Public Service commissioners are now being charged with bias.

The Driftless Area Land Conservancy and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, opponents of the line, say Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Valcq and Commissioner Mike Huebsch had conflict of interests and that the Public Service Commission itself cannot legally approve the project, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report.

The 100-mile-long Cardinal-Hickory Creek power line is a joint venture between American Transmission Co., ITC Midwest, and Dairyland Power Cooperative. Its path will run between Dubuque, Iowa and Middleton.