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Illinois Commerce Commission revisits transmission line route

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2009

Ameren’s plans to run nine miles of high powered transmission from Ottawa to Wedron is on hold.
After a strong push from opponents called the Fox River Alliance along with last month’s vote by the Ottawa City Council to rescind its support of this power line route, the Illinois Commerce Commission voted Tuesday to reopen to talks for the Ottawa to Wedron route. The 24 miles worth of Ameren lines from La Salle and Wedron isn’t affected and can go forward.
Some opponents claimed they were told by Ameren another route was going to be picked so they were blindsided when the city agreed to go up Champlain Street along the Fox River, through Dayton and Skydive Chicago and ending at Wedron. The biggest concerns brought up were Ameren’s plans to tear down a swath of trees along the Fox River and interfere with Skydive Chicago. The Skydive owner even mentioned they may close if Ameren went ahead with their power lines along his property.
A new hearing on the power lines will be scheduled sometime next month.

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