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Group opposing Grain Belt Express plans to continue effort next year

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

That seems to be the attitude of the Missouri Farm Bureau when it comes to the Grain Belt Express.

The group unsuccessfully fought for legislation that would have changed the state’s eminent domain process to make it harder for companies to construct merchant transmission lines in the state’s 2021 legislative session and plans to back similar legislation in the 2022 session.

That could put the kibosh on the Grain Belt Express, Invenergy’s proposed high-voltage, direct current transmission line that would bring up to 4,000 megawatts of wind power roughly 800 miles from western Kansas through Missouri and Illinois to the Land of Lincoln's border with Indiana.

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Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins has said the Grain Belt Express would make Missouri the "transmission superhighway for the Green New Deal,” according to the Jefferson City News Tribune.

Invenergy won a battle over the transmission project on Aug. 4 when the Missouri Public Service Commission dismissed a complaint alleging that changes to it violated prior commission orders.

The complaint was brought by a coalition of landowner groups, including the Missouri Landowners Alliance, according to The Missouri Times.

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Michael Keller on Sep 2, 2021

The transmission line provides no benefits for Kansas and Missouri while creating a huge swath of environmental destruction. The only beneficiary is the elite investment class.

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