Pike Farm Bureau opposes Grain Belt Express
At their meeting on Wednesday, March 11, the Pike County Farm Bureau Board of Directors voted to oppose the Grain Belt Express Clean Line (GBECL) transmission line which is slated to run through Pike County. The Farm Bureau does not want GBECL to be granted either public utility status or eminent domain authority from the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).
Grain Belt Express has not yet filed its application with the ICC. The company has stated it will seek a ‘certificate of necessity’ from the ICC which is of significant concern to the organization. Using the expedited review method significantly constricts regulatory oversight and review and restricts landowner rights to object to route revisions.