Originally, many Missouri couunties supported the Clean Line approach of bringing power through the State. Subsequently, after a lack of support from the local utility companies and those directly affected by the Line, many of the Counties have now registered opposition to the proposed Line.
In all likelihood, the decision concerning the Line will finally be made through a State Regulatory Commission hearing or the involvement of FERC in the licensing process.
If Clean Line Energy was granted Public Utility status, a very dangerous precedent would be established. After that, virtually any company that proposes a transmission line through Missouri without any proven benefit and necessity will likely get approved and Missouri will be crisscrossed with high voltage lines.
Due to overwhelming public opposition and lack of merit, eight of the original 14 counties with proposed lines have now rescinded the support they gave to Clean Line prior to its announcement to the general public. The six counties that have not yet rescinded their support are Buchanan, Livingston, Carroll, Macon, Randolph and Shelby.
If you are on the proposed transmission line route, you probably have received a certified letter from Clean Line Energy. We advise that you do not allow them to coerce you into signing an easement agreement. They are not a Public Utility and have only just applied to become one about two weeks ago and the process could take several months. There is no advantage in signing an easement agreement now. We should all be vigilant to protect our elderly relatives and neighbors from being taken advantage of by conniving land agents. We strongly advise that no one ever signs anything regarding Clean Line Energy Partners' Grain Belt Express without an attorney.