March 27, 2014 |
By: Associated Press
A company that wants to build transmission lines to move wind
energy from Kansas to Indiana has announced its proposed route through Missouri,
but opponents say they'll continue the fight to keep the towers and lines away
from their land.
Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners hopes to begin construction as early
as 2016 on its Grain Belt Express Clean Line. The company on Wednesday asked the
Missouri Public Service Commission to approve the route through northern
The route goes through eight counties: Buchanan, Clinton, Caldwell, Carroll,
Chariton, Randolph, Monroe and Ralls.
Mark Lawlor of Clean Line says that in addition to providing access to clean
energy, the project would create hundreds of jobs.
But many rural landowners say the project would reduce property values and
create a health risk.