The proposed cookie-cutting of central and north central Illinois with transmission lines has the Illinois Farm Bureau head concerned.

“There needs to be some methodology put in place that we don’t carve up some of our best soils in Illinois as we site these lines, so that they need to stay in boundary lines or follow state highways, interstate highways, if there is a need and necessity for those projects to take place,” Illinois Farm Bureau President Phil nelson said. The projects are under review by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

At issue are the Rock Island Clean Energy Line, which is proposed as a 3,500-megawatt, 500-mile high-voltage, direct current overhead facility, the Ameren Illinois Rivers project in Central Illinois, proposed to transmit electricity across Central Illinois, and the Green Belt Express Clean Line, affecting the area along the Mississippi River south of Quincy.

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