Audio: Missouri Legislature’s anti-Grain Belt Express bill dies

Grain Belt Express Route Map

This article has been corrected in that the map in the graphic at the beginning of the article indicated Carroll and Randolph counties were in support of the Grain Belt Express, when in fact, county commissioners report that Randolph and Carroll counties do NOT support the Grain Belt Express. KTTN has changed the graphic related to this article to correct the error..

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The Missouri Legislature did not end up passing eminent domain legislation this session.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Jason Bean of Holcomb, would have blocked private energy company Invenergy from using eminent domain to get private land for the Grain Belt Express project.

The company wants to build a high-voltage power transmission line across eight northern Missouri counties. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Ag Policy Chairman Jimmie Long says he’s disappointed in Missouri leaders for not bringing the bill to the floor.

 

 

State Senator Jason Bean of Holcomb sponsored a bill in response to energy company Invenergy’s Grain Belt Express project. Invenergy wants to build a high-voltage power transmission line across eight northern Missouri counties. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Ag Policy Chairman Jimmie Long says the protection of private property rights will continue to be a priority for the organization.

 

 

Invenergy says Grain Belt Express would support 15-hundred construction jobs over three years, and it would deliver millions of dollars in annual energy savings for 39 Missouri towns.