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Proposed wind-energy transmission line jolts some farmers

WATERLOO | Controversy is swirling like a tempest across the prairie as a Texas-based company plans to invest billions of dollars in Iowa’s emerging wind-energy sector to transmit power out of the state to the East Coast.

In early November, Rock Island Clean Line, a subsidiary of Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, filed petitions with the Iowa Utilities Board asking for permission to construct and operate a 500-mile transmission line that will carry 3,500 megawatts of wind-generated direct current from O’Brien County in northwest Iowa to the Quad-Cities area, where it will cross the Mississippi River into Illinois.

RICL said the project will generate enough electricity to power about 1.4 million homes.

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NEXUS pipeline opposition grows after York Twp. trustees speak out

 

Property owners opposing the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline are lobbying township officials to go on record opposing the project.

“Part of our strategy is to get our elected officials to speak out against the NEXUS pipeline going through a populated Medina County,” Paul Gierosky, of York Township, said. “It’s not law, but it’s an outward expression, speaking on behalf of the people, that they’re against this, too.”

York Township was the first to pass a resolution. Trustees unanimously approved a resolution Thursday promising “to refrain from authorizing or taking any actions that would facilitate or otherwise be supportive of the construction of the Nexus(Spectra) gas transmission pipeline within the limits of York Township, Medina County, Ohio.”

The 36-to-42-inch-diameter pipeline is proposed to go across Ohio and through five townships in Medina County: Guilford, Montville, Lafayette, York and Litchfield.

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If you think you may be affected by a Nexus Gas Trasmission Pipeline Project and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.

93 seek pipeline project info

CARTHAGE, Ill. – With 230 landowners in Hancock County, Ill., potentially affected by the Dakota Access pipeline project, 93 showed up to a Illinois Farm Bureau information meeting sponsored by the Hancock County Farm Bureau.

The meeting was Nov. 12 at the University of Illinois Extension Center in Carthage, Ill.

As landowners wait for Dakota Access, LLC to file for permits, they received the message to be proactive and cautious.

“The company has not yet filed for a permit for construction,” said Rae Payne, senior director for business and regulatory affairs for IFB. “We expect that anytime. We want to talk about things you need to know as a landowner.”

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Down with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

 

Callie Houghland, a second year at the University, has spent the past eight summers as a camper and student with the Nature Camp Foundation in the heart of the George Washington National Forest, just south of Shenandoah. Houghland recently assumed a counselor position to teach young children the effects of natural disturbances ranging from hurricanes to coal mining. The timing of last year’s theme couldn’t have been more perfect. As campers hiked, swam, and foraged, plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline were being unfurled.

The pipeline — which is proposed to run through GWNF to deliver gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia — endangers forestry practices, recreational areas and ecosystems. Effects of the pipeline construction could reverberate throughout the state, threatening biodiversity along its path, including fragile ecosystems that the campers study. Houghland worries that “these issues could affect the ability of the camp to run if there were an issue with the pipeline.” The ACP has potential to affect far more than the Nature Camp Foundation and its students. Plans for the pipeline include the disruption of thirteen counties in Virginia running from Highland to Greensville.

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Bluegrass Pipeline opponents plan for next battle

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Organizers of the successful campaign to halt the Bluegrass Pipeline are gearing up for new battles.The widespread introduction of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has unlocked gas reserves in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Chris Schimmoeller told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/10DhIgI) that Kentucky can expect more pipeline proposals as companies search for ways to move the gas to Gulf Coast refineries.

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‘My house is not for sale’: Indiana residents fight city’s home-seizure plan

 

Indiana residents are fighting to save their homes as their local government weighs a sweeping plan to demolish them to make way for new development, in a case critics are calling a “poster child” for the abuse of so-called eminent domain powers.

Charlestown, Ind., Mayor Bob Hall announced his plans earlier this year to demolish more than 350 homes in the city’s Pleasant Ridge neighborhood. The mayor contends the neighborhood is “blighted,” and therefore the city is eligible for state money to buy out the homeowners and tear down their houses.

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Landowners question NEXUS pipeline plan

 

The NEXUS Gas Transmission open house buzzed Wednesday night with local landowners’ questions about the proposed natural gas pipeline.

How close could it be to my property? What will the pipeline carry? How big will it be? Will NEXUS restore the land after construction? What happens if there’s a leak?

Some of the more than 100 property owners from Stark and neighboring counties left the meeting at Stark State College satisfied with the answers they got. Others still had questions and concerns.

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If you think you may be affected by the Nexus Gas Transmision Line and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.

Labor, Green Orgs Step Up to Back Grain Belt Clean Line in Missouri

 

The Grain Belt Clean Line, a multi-state powerline crossing Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and ending in Indiana, is gaining support from labor and environmental leaders in Missouri.

Jim Turner, executive committee chair of the Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the 600kV Grain Belt, which would move 3,500 megawatts of power from Kansas wind farms, would help the state move away from its reliance on coal.

Gerald Nickelson, president of the IUE-CWA Local 86114, works for a company in western Missouri that makes transformers for electric companies. He says in recent years, more and more contracts have come from wind farms, and he believes the transmission line would be a major economic boon for the state.
"You'll have the construction jobs of the individuals that'll come out and actually put up those poles," he stresses. "You'll have maintenance jobs, there'll be electrician jobs.

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Environmental Group "Paddles in Protest" Against Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline

 

Approximately 20 members of the environmental group "Honor the Earth," took to the water to protest the 616-mile Sandpiper pipeline.

The group, after congregating with signs near Lake Bemidji, launched a canoe into the lake as a show of objection to the pipeline, which would transport more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil per day from the Dakotas to Wisconsin.

Currently the pipeline is still being vetted by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

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Admin Judges Recommend Denial of Grand Prairie Gateway Project

 

A proposed 57-mile powerline in Ogle, DeKalb, Kane and DuPage counties may never get off the ground. Administrative Law Judges Terrance A. Hilliard and Heather Jorgenson issued a proposed order in early September rejecting the 345kV ComEd Grand Prairie Gateway Project. 

On December 2, 2013, ComEd filed a petition with the ICC seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to authorize the utility to install, operate, and maintain the project and related facilities. The Illinois Commerce Commission will rule on the Petition before October 24, 2014, but the proposed order puts a severe dent in ComEd's plans.

The judges' order cites ComEd's inability to provide an adequate alternative route for 20 percent of the line.

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