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Hearings set over major transmission line

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has scheduled three public hearings about a massive electricity transmission line that would run through west-central Illinois on its way from Kansas to Indiana.

The hearings on Clean Line Energy’s proposed Grain Belt Express transmission line are set in communities in the western, central and eastern portions of the state to reach out to those who would be directly affected by the proposed line.

The Grain Belt Express would transmit electricity from Dodge City, Kansas, across northern Missouri and into Illinois at Pike County. It would go through portions of Scott, Greene and Macoupin counties and to a substation in Sullivan, Indiana.

Clean Line Energy is asking the Illinois Commerce Commission to grant a “certificate of public convenience and necessity” for the 780-mile long overhead line. The development schedule calls for construction to begin in 2017 and be completed and transmitting electricity in 2019.

Illinois Commerce Commission administrative law judge Janis VonQualen will preside over the forums and Chairman Brien Sheahan and Commissioner John Rosales will be in attendance. The forums will have two parts; the first part of the forum will be an opportunity for people to provide oral or written comments into the record. This portion will last for 90 minutes and each speaker will have a three-minute time limit.

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If you think you may be affected by the Grain Belt Express 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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