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Lengthy Power Line Debate Should Be Over

Posted by wlpo on June 26, 2010

After years of wrangling, Ameren finally has direction on where to put high-powered transmission lines from Ottawa to Wedron.

The Illinois Commerce Commerce Commission this week sided with Administrative Law Judge John Albers to have 138 thousand volt transmission lines go up Route 71, much to the dismay of the Route 71 Resistors but much to the enjoyment of another landowner group, the Fox River Alliance.  In a 38-page ruling, Albers says going up Route 71 instead of going along the Fox River costs less, has less impact on the environment, and effects less landowners.

The ruling should end all questions and court battles about Ameren’s power line proposals.  Besides putting lines from Ottawa to Wedron, the power company is also putting lines up going from La Salle to Wedron.  This path largely follows Interstate 80.

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