JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A bill being considered by the Missouri House of Representatives, may repeal an eminent domain decision recently made by the Missouri Public Service Commission.
The proposed Grain Belt Express, whose application was rejected by the PSC twice before those decisions were recently reversed, would deliver wind energy to east coast states through Missouri, and is opposed by several organizations which cite eminent domain as a problem. MO HB 1062, which could be under consideration soon, would, among other things, takes pains to prevent some builders of high voltage electric transmission lines from exercising eminent domain.
MO Farm Bureau President, Blake Hurst, claims Clean Line, which was recently sold to Invenergy, essentially bought eminent domain from a regulatory body, and will no longer have to negotiate with willing landowners. Hurst says, Clean Line is still not defined as a public utility.
GBE, and entities like it, fall under the definition in the proposed legislation as “(not providing) for the erection of electric substations at intervals less than fifty miles, which…are necessary to accommodate…purchase and sale to (Missourians).”