OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s 20 acres of unparalleled serenity; the land was supposed to be the Brauser’s retirement refuge.
But in January, tractors began rolling in and power poles began replacing pine trees.
Annis Brauser simulated the daily noise, “Beep, beep, beep, beep. Six in the morning, that’s when this would start.”
Oklahoma Gas and Electric is building a five-acre substation just steps away from the Brauser homestead.
Annis said, “It’s less than 100 feet is not safe. I don’t care how you look at it.”
Annis Brauser has a long list of concerns, including decreased property value and potential health risks.
“Leukemia, dementia, cancer, stray electricity,” she said.
The Brausers have launched a “David & Goliath” crusade to halt the project, taking the family concerns to state lawmakers, the Corporation Commission and OG&E executives.
Mrs. Brauser said, “I begged. I pleaded. I went nuts. I was a crying, sniffling person who wanted to break everything. They’ve destroyed a legacy.”
OG&E spokesman Brian Alford provided us this statement:
“In this case, we purchased the site in 1969 in anticipation of growth in the area. Relocating at today’s prices would force our customers to pay much more than is necessary. We’ve worked closely with the adjacent landowner and their legal counsel to develop a screening plan to minimize the view of the finished project.”
The Brausers have been given $7,500 for property OG&E will use as an easement for the project. Annis Brauser’s son, who also has a home on the property, was paid $7,500 for a strip of his land as well.