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Landowners advised on Ameren Transmission Project

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It's the largest transmission project in Ameren's history, but some local landowners aren't sure what to think about it.

The Illinois Commerce Commission has already approved the nearly 400 mile project, and Wednesday night landowners learned about what's coming next. 

For some, it was a chance to air concerns. "How do we know what we're fighting for if no one will tell us?" one woman asked. 

For others, like Charles Lubbert, it was a chance to just get some questions answered.

"Where it's going to run, I have property there - and I'm pretty sure it's going to go through it, and I'm really open to it. I'm not here to be against anything, I'm just curious," he said. 

Dozens of residents packed into Wednesday's meeting to learn more about their rights to their land when it comes to the Ameren Three Rivers Project, a nearly 400 mile transmission project running through Quincy east to Indiana.  Ameren says the work will improve reliability and deliver renewable energy.

But attorney Jordan Walker says landowners need to make sure they're getting a good deal.

"They're concerned about how much money they're going to be offered for their property - and if it represents fair market value for what Ameren seeks," he said. 

When it comes to negotiating and settling on a deal with Ameren, Walker says landowners need to get educated and seek professional assistance to ensure their best interests.

"You have leverage as a land owner, as a citizen both in the state of Illinois and by the Constitution to get just compensation."


 

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