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Landowners: Fight pipeline, oppose eminent domain for private enrichment

 

Our Story County farmland has been in my family since 1854. My great grandfather, grandfather, and father fought to protect this land. Today I feel I must do the same.

A Texas company proposes to permanently take an easement from our land and put a crude oil pipeline through it. This pipeline would carry 570,000 barrels of crude oil daily across my land and the land of over 2,600 landowners in Iowa. The pipeline is proposed by Dakota Access, LLC, a development subsidiary of the Texas Fortune 500 Energy Transfer Partners L.P.

Dakota Access is trying to rush this land grab through before people realize what is happening. There are numerous issues to be carefully considered; not just for affected landowners, but all Iowans.

Dakota Access can't do this without a permit from the Iowa Utilities Board. If they get it they will have the ultimate hammer of government — eminent domain — to take their easements without our consent.

Taking someone's land by government mandate can only be justified when the project is in the public interest. Eminent domain was first used in Iowa to provide rural citizens access to electricity and telephone capability. Rural Iowans benefitted from that. It should not be used so a private company can make billions of dollars, on energy that will be neither produced nor consumed in Iowa. There should be no eminent domain for a crude oil pipeline.

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If you think you may be affected by the Dakota Access 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.

Some landowners continue Enbridge pipeline fight

BLOOMINGTON — Enbridge hopes to start construction on a planned 165-mile oil pipeline this spring, but some landowners still are attempting to derail the project.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company currently is building a pump station at its Flanagan Terminal in rural Pontiac and also one outside Decatur, said Jennifer Smith, the company's communication manager.

"About 90 percent of the land (needed for the pipeline) has been acquired along the route," she said.

The pipeline will start at the Flanagan Terminal and travel south through several counties, including McLean, DeWitt and Macon, ending at a major refinery hub in Patoka in southern Marion County.

Smith said there are 68 parcels still needed for the project, called the Southern Access Extension. That property is now the subject of eminent domain cases in circuit courts. No trials have started. Initially, there were 80 parcels, she said, but the company has reached agreements with the other landowners.

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If you think you may be affected by the Enbridge 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.

Proposed Dakota Access Pipeline causing concern for residents

 

LEE COUNTY, IOWA -- A Texas-based company wants to build a crude oil pipeline through Southeast Iowa and several Illinois counties.

According to documents filed in Iowa and Illinois, Energy Transfer out of Houston-Texas filed the request for the pipeline Tuesday.

The request would provide additional transportation for domestically produced crude-oil, but that doesn’t seem to be enough to excite property owners whose land would be used.

Lee County resident Judy Wells is a little concerned about the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline because it would be built on her property.

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If you think you may be affected by the Dakota Access 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.

Wind Energy Proponents in Area Regarding Transmission Line Project

 

Proponents of a wind energy transmission line system are in the area this week to share the proposal with local residents.

Clean Line Energy Partners has informational meetings scheduled, including one in Effingham, to gather information from local businesses that could support the construction and maintenance of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line. The informational meeting in Effingham will take place on Wednesday, the 21st, from 3-4:30pm at the American Legion Home downtown on Washington Avenue.

As proposed, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line is an approximately 750-mile overhead, direct current transmission line that would deliver wind power from western Kansas to Illinois and surrounding states.

The proponents of the project also have stops scheduled in Jacksonville, Carlinvlle and Taylorville.

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If you think you may be affected by the Grain Belt Express Clean Line 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.

Enbridge pipeline construction waits for trials

 

This spring, Enbridge hopes to start construction on the proposed 165-mile oil pipeline. However, some landowners are still attempting to derail the project.

The Canadian-based company is currently building a pump station at its Flanagan Terminal in rural Pontiac. The pipeline will start at the Flanagan Terminal and go through several counties including McLean, DeWitt and Macon. The ending hub will be in Patoka in southern Marion counting.

The Southern Access Extension still needs 68 parcels of land to complete the project. Originally there were 80 parcels, but the company has reached agreements with landowners. The project is subject to eminent domain cases of circuit courts. No trials have started.

Ellsworth attorney Tom Pliura represents about 100 clients who are fighting the impending domain process. Pliura has an appeal pending in the Fourth District Appellate Court. The appeal is contesting the Illinois Commerce Commission’s decision to allow Enbridge to pursue eminent domain for the property it needs.

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If you think you may be affected by the Enbridge 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.

Cherokee Nation, Arkansas Quorum Courts Oppose Clean Line Project

The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma recently joined a growing list of government entities to pass resolutions against the construction of a $2 billion, 700-mile, high-voltage transmission line through Oklahoma and Arkansas to Tennessee.

Janelle Fullbright, deputy speaker of the of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, sponsored a resolution that was passed Tuesday “opposing the establishment of an energy line route by the Plains & Eastern Clean Line in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma located within the Cherokee Nation jurisdictional area.”

The Plains & Eastern Clean Line project is proposed to deliver 3,500 megawatts of wind energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to utilities and customers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and other markets in the Mid-South and Southeast. A 500-megawatt substation has been added to the plan.

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If you think you may be affected by the Plains & Eastern Clean Line 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.

N.C. 105 Widening Project Shortened From Boone To Clark’s Creek Road in Foscoe, Other Details Modified

 

Not only has the N.C. 105 widening project been scaled back, the right-of-way acquisitions and the projected construction dates have been delayed, according to local and state transportation officials.

Originally, the widening of N.C. 105 to a four-lane highway was to take place in two sections – from Linville to Foscoe and from Foscoe to Boone. Now, the widening of N.C. 105 is only slated for the section from Foscoe to Boone.

The entire portion from Linville to Boone was estimated to cost just more than $103 million. With only the Foscoe to Boone section in play now, the estimated cost to widen is $40 million, according to David Graham, a transportation planner with High Country Council of Governments, who threw in a disclaimer that these are projected costs and subject to change.

Along most of the project corridor, the two-lane road would be widened to four lanes with a 23-foot grass median and varying shoulder width depending on the steepness of slopes along the edge of the road, according to project details on the NCDOT website. The bridge at Broadstone Road is still slated for replacement, which will cost about $1.4 million, according to Graham.

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If you think you may be affected by the widening of N.C. 105 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.

NCDOT to discuss Chadbourn overpass

CHADBOURN, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is holding a public meeting to discuss the possibility of building an overpass at the intersection of U.S. 74 and Old U.S. 74.

NCDOT officials say the need for the overpass is directly related to the number of traffic crashes at the intersection. They are hoping that an overpass would make the route safer.

NCDOT representatives will be available during the open-house style setting to provide information, answer questions, and collect comments regarding the proposed project.

The meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Council Chambers at the Chadbourn Town Office at 602 North Brown Street. Public comments will also be accepted through Jan. 29.

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If you think you may be affected by the Chadbourn Overpass 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.

Grants to fund bulk of Cleveland Avenue project

 

Although construction is more than a year away, Westerville planners already are looking ahead to a $13 million renovation of Cleveland Avenue, one of the city's most traveled roads.

The renovations will be centered around the intersection of Cleveland and Schrock Road at the city's southwest corner, and will reach north toward Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital.

Currently in the planning stages, the project would add an additional northbound lane and a southbound right-turn lane at Schrock Road. An additional left-turn lane would also be added on Schrock heading east to facilitate turns onto northbound Cleveland.

The project will come on the heels of the city of Columbus' reconfiguring of the Cleveland Avenue interchange with Interstate 270, where construction remains underway.

Westerville Planning and Development Director Karl Craven said the Cleveland-Schrock changes are a massive undertaking, but he expects traffic through the area to flow much better after improvements.

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If you think you may be affected by the renovation of Cleveland Avenue 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.

Rauner's order puts planned Illiana Expressway on hold

 

SPRINGFIELD | A planned expressway between Illinois and Indiana is among the transportation projects put on hold by new Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

In his first act after taking office Monday, the Republican issued an executive order aimed at cutting spending. It suspended planning and development of any major interstate construction projects pending a "careful review" of costs and benefits.

Rauner spokesman Lance Trover confirmed Tuesday that includes the Illiana Expressway, a planned 47-mile east-west link between Interstate 65 in Indiana and Interstate 55 in Illinois.

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence supports the project. He and other supporters say it would relieve traffic congestion on Interstate 80 south of Chicago and create much-needed jobs.

A delay may threaten the viability of a project that the construction trades have salivated over but that has elicited a lot of mixed feelings, especially in neighborhoods directly affected, Lake County Commissioner Michael Repay said.

"From my perspective, Illinois has a much greater benefit than Indiana, so if Illinois is questioning the cost-benefit, obviously that would be a sign that something might be missing," he said. "Illinois has been driving it." 

The project would be a major economic boost for the whole region, especially at a time when the construction trades are in need of more work, Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor President Dan Murchek said.

"The Illiana is an economic engine for Northwest Indiana that would relieve congestion and create vital construction jobs," he said. "We support the completion of the project and it's disappointing Gov. Rauner has put that on hold. Indiana has looked at the project and determined it's a good project for the state of Indiana. It's been planned and talked about and should have been built years ago with the congestion that we have now."

Critics — including Rauner's pick to lead the Illinois Department of Transportation — have said it's financially risky.

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If you think you may be affected by the Illiana Expressway 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.

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