Local Farmers say Power Line Proposal is Unfair, Detrimental


TUSCOLA - Farmers in Douglas and Piatt counties are fighting to be excluded from Ameren's plan to build a high-voltage power line across Illinois.

For years, Ameren has been working on developing its Illinois Rivers Plan, which according to the proposal site, involves Champaign, Macon, Moultrie and 15 other counties. Douglas and Piatt are not listed.

But according to Tuscola resident Erik Hammerstrom, both Douglas and Piatt were added to the mix recently, and without due process.

Hammerstrom says at the end of last year, a group of Moultrie County property owners (MCPO) proposed an alternate transmission line route to Ameren, that goes through both Douglas and Piatt.

On May 10, a joint motion was filed to the Illinois Commerce Commission by both Ameren and the MCPO to accept the stipulated route.

Tuscola Farmer Gary Appleby says Douglas County property owners have received no notification of the proposal, from Ameren or the ICC.

Neither organization could be reached for comment on Wednesday.

The ICC would need to accept the proposal for the power line to be built. That decision is expected to be made this July.


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