Marion County Commission withdraws support for Grain Belt Express power line project
By Nick Adams, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
Marion County commissioners are working to prevent a business from forcing you to sell your property for an energy project moving through the Midwest.
Commissioners sent a letter to the Missouri Public Service Commission, backing off support of the Grain Belt Express project after the company requested eminent domain across Missouri. Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode said while Marion County isn't in the current plans, he doesn't think this is the best course of action for the county or state.
"Now they've changed the scope of their project. They're going the eminent domain route to where they're trying to get that power and for a private company we felt it wouldn't be good. Now local governments have that, but it's something you really have to be careful with," Bode said.
Bode said Grain Belt Express is considering routes in Ralls, Monroe, and other counties.
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