Meeting Held to Fight Power Line Proposal

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TUSCOLA - Hundreds gathered inside the Tuscola Community Building Thursday, for an open meeting to discuss a proposed Ameren Transmission power line.

"There are an awful lot of folks here, and I think that says people are very concerned about this," said Erik Hammerstrom, a Douglas County property owner who spoke during the meeting.

Hammerstrom is a part of the Defend Piatt and Douglas Counties movement - as of May, both counties became a proposed site through which Ameren will potentially build a 345 volt transmission line, known as the Illinois Rivers Transmission line.

But according to Hammerstrom, that wasn't the original pitch. When Douglas and Piatt County residents were briefed during open meetings about the project in 2012, a nearby Moultrie County route was discussed.

However, a group of Moultrie County property owners proposed the alternate route through Douglas and Piatt, and Ameren Transmission agreed to the stipulation in May.

Now, Hammerstrom and others say there was no due process for their county's residents. If the ICC, set to make a decision by August 20, approves the Douglas & Piatt routes, Hammerstrom says they will appeal.

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