Local residents granted rehearing on Ameren transmission line

Local residents granted rehearing on Ameren transmission line

Some property owners in East Central Illinois will get another chance to voice their concerns on a soon-to-be-built Ameren transmission line.

The line will run from the Missouri to the Indiana border, but property owners in Piatt, Douglas and Moultrie counties fought back against the project.  They said it's not necessary, that it's a blight on the natural landscape and that residents weren't given enough warning that the line would come through their backyard.

Those property owners recently filed a request for a rehearing with the Illinois Commerce Commission, and on Wednesday, that request was granted.  ICC spokesperson Beth Bosch said all of the parties in the case will get together soon to set a date for the hearing, which by law has to occur in the next 150 days.

Bosch added that Ameren is not required to stop planning to start construction on the line because the rehearing is taking place.  Construction is set to begin next year.

Also Wednesday, the ICC denied a separate request for a rehearing from Edgar County property owners.

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