Springfield – State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) has expressed his gratitude to the Missouri landowners that successfully blocked a multistate transmission line that would affect farming and property values across all states it would run through, including Illinois. The Missouri Public Service Commission’s 3-2 vote to deny the project’s route can halt the entire line, which had already won approval in Kansas and Indiana. Regulators indicated during a meeting last month that they would deny the project, and Clean Line Energy’s final effort to build more support did not change the vote.
Rep. Brown stated, “I, and all landowners in Illinois that could be affected by this private company’s projected gain, stand with Missouri landowners in their effort to deny this project. Farmers and rural landowners, especially those in the project’s pathway in Shelby County, are adamantly opposed to granting eminent domain to private companies that could harm regional farming and property values. Private property rights are at stake here, and at this time those rights have been protected.”
The massive infrastructure project is not completely dead, as Clean Line has hinted they may seek authority through federal law in their efforts across multiple states.