MFB: Grain Belt Express Solicitation Alarming
Missouri Ag Connection - 03/23/2020
The Missouri Farm Bureau reports that some landowners have been approached by representatives of Grain Belt Express who are soliciting easments. The state farm group found it disturbing that the solicitations would be going on while Missouri and the nation are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Blake Hurst said, Landowners who have been visited over the past week by agents seeking easements for the Grain Belt Express transmission line are understandably alarmed. Those in charge know better. Visits should be suspended as we all do our part to restrict travel and social contact. The rush to grab easements during a pandemic is yet another example of this company putting profits before people. This should be a wake-up call to those who support this company's energy clearance sale and a harbinger of things to come for those who buy into the myth that eminent domain will only be used as a last resort."
Grain Belt Express is an approximately 800-mile, 600-kilovolt high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line project. When built, it will deliver up to 4,000 megawatts (MW) of low-cost sustainable power from western Kansas and the surrounding area to customers in Missouri and states farther east.