Groups of farmers and other landowners
have filed petitions asking the Illinois Commerce Commission to
reconsider several segments of the route for the proposed Ameren
Illinois Rivers transmission line. The ICC approved some, but not
all of the segments in late August, and will rule on the
possibility of rehearing portions of the route, that spans 20
central Illinois counties, sometime in the next three weeks.
"The problem that we see with the case
is the process that Ameren chose," said Laura Harmon, Senior
Counsel with the Illinois Farm Bureau. "Ameren chose to file the
longest transmission line in the company's history under expedited
review and there simply was not enough time for the ICC, or the
landowners to defend their property rights, in this particular
Harmon says Illinois farmers and other
landowners might hear knocks on their doors by agents hired by
Ameren to secure signatures on land easements asking to build
towers and run electric lines. She urges caution.
Some county Farm Bureaus have held
informational meetings on the proposed Ameren Illinois Rivers
transmission line project. Three more take place over the next week
for farmers and landowners in 10 of the 20 counties that are part
of the proposed route.
-Christian, Macon and Shelby Counties
Tues., September 24, 6:00 p.m.
Moweaqua Lions Club
415 N. Main St., Moweaqua, Ill.
-Brown, Cass, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler and Scott
Thurs., September 26, 1:00 p.m.
Jacksonville American Legion
903 W. Superior Ave.
Jacksonville, Ill. 62650
-Adams, Brown, Fulton, Pike, Schuyler and Scott
Thurs., September 26, 6:00 p.m.
Adams County Farm Bureau
Call (217) 222-7305 or email email@example.com to confirm
reservation and location
More specific information on the
Ameren Illinois Rivers transmission line proposal can be found on
the Illinois Commerce Commission's website.