Missouri Legislators Seek To Block Transmission Lines

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Two different electricity transmission lines that would cross through Missouri are the targets of lawmakers who want to stop the projects from using eminent domain in their districts.

Action in the Legislature could imperil the projects, which supporters say would create over a thousand construction jobs and bring needed revenue to the state and local communities. The transmission lines already have raised the ire of landowners, who worry that the lines will ruin property values and interfere with their use of the land.

One proposed by Southwestern Electric Power Co., would start and end in Arkansas but cut 25 miles through Barry and McDonald counties in the southwest corner of Missouri. Though it won’t supply electricity to Missouri, the line would benefit Missouri customers by reinforcing grid stability, according to the utility.

The other line is a project by Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners, which plans to build a high-voltage transmission line across eight northern Missouri counties from wind turbines in Kansas.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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