Multiple direct testimony documents were filed with the ICC on Wednesday, November 13, on behalf of our PDM coalition. Please click here to go to the ICC document page.
In other news, nearly 500 concerned citizens and property owners added their names to our formal Intervenor list that was filed with the ICC. Thanks to all for your continuing support.
The ICC has granted our rehearing, and one of the most important steps you can take as a concerned property owner is to help support the legal efforts being taken to protect your property and our counties from this massive high-voltage transmission line. The other critical step you can take is to add your name to our intervenor petition that will be filed with the ICC.
For more information on taking both of these important steps, please see below.
We would like to thank Tuscola National Bank for helping us establish an account to Defend Piatt and Douglas Counties. By working together, we can stop this massive transmission line from being a permanent blight on the landscape of our counties and forever devaluing our homes, farmland, and property.
To help defend our counties, please send a check made out to “Defend Piatt and Douglas” to the following address:Defend Piatt and Douglas Fund C/O Tuscola National Bank P.O. Box 110 Tuscola, IL 61953
- To add your name to our intervenor petition and formally state your opposition to the MCPO route and the massive high-voltage transmission line route that has been proposed through our counties, please send your name and your mailing address to Mary Burns via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating that you wish to join the Coalition of Property Owners and Interested Parties in Piatt, Douglas, and Moultrie Counties. Expanding our intervenor group is an important first step in this rehearing process.
- On September 4, approximately 200 concerned citizens and property owners attended a meeting sponsored by the Piatt and Douglas County Farm Bureaus. Laura Harmon, attorney for the Illinois Farm Bureau, urged property owners NOT to sign any documents related to the Ameren transmission line project without first consulting an attorney and/or waiting for the results of our lengthy appeal process. Thank you to the Farm Bureaus for sponsoring this important event.
In addition, Springfield attorney Kurt Wilke, presented information at the September 4 meeting about next steps in the ICC case, answered questions, and discussed why we believe we have an exceptionally strong case going forward as long as we continue to work together and continue to fight for what is right. To view the petition, click Petition for Rehearing_091813.
On August 20, three ICC Commissioners (who were appointed by the Governor) inexplicably approved the longer, off course MCPO route through Piatt and Douglas Counties by way of a split vote of 3 to 1 (with Chairman Scott voting “no,” Commissioner Colgan listed as “absent,” and Commissioner McCabe and Acting Commissioners Del Valle and Maye voting “yes”). Despite the vote, Commissioner Del Valle and Administrative Law Judge Albers both voiced concern about the expedited process used in this case. This vote also went against the clear recommendation of the ICC’s own staff and defied all logic and common sense as the location of the Mt. Zion substation, which is the starting point for the Mt. Zion to Kansas segment of the project, was NOT approved. In short, the three commissioners approved a route with NO starting point, which makes it impossible to have accurately compared the three competing routes in regard to length, cost, acreage affected, residences affected, etc. Based on the many concerns and irregularities related to this decision, the members of our coalition have requested a rehearing with the ICC, and we are ready to take this case to a higher court if the current route through our counties is not vacated.
In the interim, please continue to encourage everyone in Piatt and Douglas Counties to write formal letters voicing their opposition to the route through Piatt and Douglas to each of the five ICC Commissioners using the letter template. The Douglas and Piatt County Boards have already passed and published resolutions against this transmission line going through our counties, and we need to support their efforts.
The ICC encouraged citizens to comment on Ameren’s 330-mile Illinois Rivers Project on the ICC’s “Public Comment” site. To date, there are 288 comments on the site from people across the state, and well over half of those comments are from people OPPOSING the route segment through Douglas and Piatt Counties. In stark contrast, only 11 (eleven) comments oppose the TWO carefully studied, widely publicized, and properly vetted route segments Ameren selected through Moultrie County. The ICC asked for feedback; perhaps they should begin by reading their own “Public Comment” site. To post a comment, use the links and information on the How to Comment page. To read current posts, click here.
On August 1, nearly 300 concerned Douglas and Piatt County property owners piled into the Tuscola Community Building to voice their opposition to the nearly 70-mile Moultrie property owner proposed transmission line reroute through Piatt and Douglas Counties. For more information on this meeting, read the latest Champaign News-Gazzette article by clicking here and/or watch the report from WAND TV by clicking here.
- Ameren spent years studying and reviewing possible routes for this project, and based on Ameren’s findings, Douglas and Piatt Counties were not selected as sites for the potential routes published and discussed by Ameren during dozens of public forums held across the state in the summer of 2012.
- The Moultrie County property owner created route through Piatt and Douglas Counties is longer, impacts more cropland, and includes more 90 degree turns than Ameren’s original, carefully studied routes. The Moultrie property owner proposed route through Douglas and Piatt Counties also runs right through the Amish community, a registered Native American archeological site, and right next to the Tuscola airport.
- Many Douglas and Piatt property owners cannot find clear information about this project. In fact, throughout the entire hearing stage of this process, Piatt and Douglas Counties were not even listed as affected counties on the ICC site or the Ameren page describing the nature of this project.
- Based on the presence of vague and even conflicting information, the lack of proper notification, the absence of any public meetings regarding the MCPO route, not to mention testimony from Ameren stating that the Ameren routes represent the only viable options for this project, the MCPO route should be rejected.
We need your help! Voice your opposition to the MCPO route and save Piatt and Douglas Counties by contacting the ICC today. Thank you!