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Take a stand against electrical transmission line

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

A group of dedicated volunteers has been driving the countryside, trying to inform landowners and residents of an issue that threatens their rights and pocketbooks.

Rock Island Clean Line (RICL), a private Texas investor group, plans to construct a direct-current, high-voltage transmission line across Iowa and Illinois. Their 200-foot easement in the 500-mile path crosses prime farmland in the area.

RICL is in the process of applying for public utility status through the Illinois Commerce Commission.

If the ICC grants public utility status, this private group will seize land through eminent domain.

We must not let a private group gain possession of personal land. We must protect natural resources, our fertile land.

This is just the first of many transmission projects proposed to crisscross the area with no coordinated plan, and it will set a precedent. We must let it be known to the ICC our views on RICL.

Please visit the website.

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