Friday, May 19, 2017
Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding Decision to Oppose Great Lakes Basin Railroad
The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors’ decision to oppose the Great Lakes Basin railroad.
“On May 1, 2017, Great Lakes Basin Transportation filed an application with the Surface Transportation Board for approval of its proposed 261-mile toll rail line. The project, which is slated to run from Milton, Wis., to La Porte, Ind., will cut through hundreds of miles of Illinois farm ground.
“At the first mention of the project, and the submission of the official proposal, county Farm Bureaus affected by the project have written letters and contacted our leadership to voice their concerns.
“Based on their concerns and a review of the proposal, the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors voted to oppose the Great Lakes Basin Railroad during its meeting this week.
“Like the county Farm Bureaus affected by the project, we are concerned about the impact of the Great Lakes Basin Railroad on private property rights and the potential loss of farmland.
“At this time, Illinois Farm Bureau has filed a request for an extension of time to provide public comments on the project. We will file comments in opposition of the project, and urge our members to do the same.”
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