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Bravo!  Great article in the St. Louis Dispatch
finally identifying problems with Grain Belt Express and "Clean" Line's projects.  Click Here. 

Grain Belt Express- sister project to RICL- has just announced potential routes in Central Illinois.
For more information specific to GBE, click on:
FYI- RICL and GBE are both shell LLC's with no 
assets and no employees. They are both being developed by "Clean" Line Energy Partners, LLC. 

Click on the Block GBE tab above and scroll down for 
questions to ask in the "open houses"........

Also, scroll down this page for more that applies to both
 projects and the parent company........

Yes, RICL has filed at the Iowa Utility Board. 
NO!! It is- by far- NOT a done deal!
Watch for more info to be posted on 
www.IowaStopRICL.com 
and on Block RICL and Preservation of Rural Iowa Facebook pages.
In the meantime, here's what's come out of Illinois Commerce Commission testimony.... under oath.......and most testimony applies to both 
RICL and GBE
It can't get much clearer than this. 
These are succinct and interesting reads!
ILA Reply Brief on Exceptions: Click here.
Farm Bureau Brief on Exceptions: Click here.
 ComED Reply Brief on Exceptions: Click here.

A MUST read from the MoDOT: 
The Effects of Ground Voltage or Stray Current on Infrastructure Caused by HVDC Transmission Lines.
Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Update: 
An ICC administrative law judge has filed 
a PROPOSED order on Docket 12-0560 which 
proposes to give RICL a CPCN certificate, but 
contains HEFTY conditions which, as gathered under oath, would be very difficult to achieve- 
including "voluntary" easement acquisition, total 
financing before starting, and PJM interconnection agreements in place before construction.  

THIS IS, BY FAR, NOT A DONE DEAL, but it doesn't stop RICL from spinning more spin. Reporters and landowners don't be duped by RICL salesmen and land agents. Click here. 
We are waiting for the ICC to rule.........
Click here for a link to the proposed order which will very likely be revised before going to the full commission. 
Click on the Facebook tab bottom right for updates as we get them.

Read a commentary about the order: Click here.
NO! The Illinois Commerce Commission has NOT approved RICL as an Iowa paper has reported. That is WRONG. Click here for more.
CRITICAL CALL TO ACTION: 
We have information coming in of more "Clean" Line kool-aid 
form letters being used to gain influence- this time with the 
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. 
Click here for what to do!
Click here to read a spot-on letter to Sec. Moniz.

Wow! The Block RICL Facebook page has passed
One Million Post Views! Click on the big Facebook tab on the bottom of the page to see what you're missing! No account needed.
A message from the BLOCK leaders: 
 It is a thrilling time to be in the BLOCK leadership! Exiting things are happening on many fronts and we'll announce as soon as we can! 
It is a great privilege to work with so many dedicated, sincere, and talented people collaborating on a common goal. You are an inspiration to us and others!  Check the Facebook page often! 
There's small victories and breaking news almost every day!

YES! YES! YES! 
Independent analysis of HVDC health risks!

Moberly Monitor article for the background 
on the analysis: Click Here

Full BioInitiative Report: Click here

BLOCK Groups respond to the CFRA "Report" on "better" Landowner Compensation:

WIRL Radio interview that does a great job of defining why there is unprecedented opposition to "Clean" Line Projects:

Great explanation of why "Clean" Line's Tactics have drawn broad, Midwest-wide opposition: 
Formal Complaint to the MO PSC.
Click here to read.

Yes! First FERC Protest Filed by 
The Missouri Landowners Alliance! Click here to read!

Updates posted daily on Facebook. The best:
"RI emphasizes its ability to use eminent domain powers as a marketing point with its "potential" lenders and investors."
From ComEd Reply Brief to the Illinois Commerce Commission p. 32
Eminent domain does NOT exist  for PRIVATE companies to force PRIVATE individuals to "sell" PRIVATE property rights just so that PRIVATE individuals can ATTRACT lenders and investors. 
That is WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.
Click the Facebook button on the lower right side. No account needed.

Read the full Initial Briefs for Illinois Commerce Commission Docket 12-0560 for "Clean" Line Energy Partners, LLC submitted Jan. 31, 2014.

1. ComED  Click Here
2. Illinois Landowners Alliance (ILA) Click Here
3. Farm Bureau/ Illinois Ag Association Click Here
*4. Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission Click Here

This is the staff's recommendation to the administrative law judge. 
Judge Jones, in turn, will make a recommendation to the 5 judges on the commission. Initial briefs from all parties were due on Jan. 31st.
Stay tuned as we are able to post more!

For months, researchers across the Midwest have been collaborating. Their discoveries are now available as a compilation:  
"The Other Side of "Clean" Line"
Click Here. (Use the arrows to move through the pages.)

Illinois Commerce Commission Hearings
have successfully concluded in Springfield, IL!
Excerpts  are being posted on the Facebook page and on the Ridiculous RICL Blog!
(For both, click on the buttons on the bottom right of this page.)
Full transcripts are also being posted on the ICC e-docket. See out testimony highlight page for links. 

MAJOR, MAJOR issues with the project were identified. 
Again, the EARLIEST we could expect an ICC decision is well into 2014. 
MISSOURI: Now is the time to make your voices heard! Go to the Block GBE tab above and visit www.BlockGBEMO.com. Click HERE.
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ILLINOIS warning: RICL land agents are ignoring the formal notices sent to them requiring all correspondence being through the US mail. 
MAKE SURE YOUR ELDERLY ARE PROTECTED 
AND KNOW NOT TO SIGN ANYTHING FROM "CLEAN LINE"
EVERYONE: DOCUMENT EVERYTHING!!!!

IOWA warning: RICL land agents are saying that the project has passed in Illinois. That is not correct!
The EARLIEST we can expect a decision for the IL portion of the route at the Illinois Commerce Commission is at least April or May, 2014.  They face fierce opposition because this project LACKS MERIT and their kool-aid sales pitches DO NOT HOLD UP TO SCRUTINY. 

There is unprecedented opposition from the  Illinois Landowners Alliance (representing almost half of the IL route), the IL State Farm Bureau, and  ComED which is the company that RICL has to go through to plug into the PJM grid. ComED's witness Naumann is one of the top experts in the world and his testimony is well worth the read!!! For links, go to the testimony tabs above. 

The IOWA LEGAL process is different from Illinois, and we are about a year ahead of you in debunking the kool-aid sales pitch. Please click on the Iowa Block RICL tab above for more specific legal information. 

However, we hope that you can benefit from our key points (not all directly related to Iowa)  and the Illinois Commerce Commission testimony highlights where MAJOR concerns about the LACK of expertise, finances, planning, and plain-old, common-sense merit is testified to by expert witnesses. 

There is MAJOR opposition to RICL because of the lack of merit in this project. Plain and simple.

Thank you to ALL who helped make the 2nd Round Illinois Forum a resounding success! 
If you were in the fields, don't worry. We had it covered!! 

Mendota Reporter Article: 

Click here for the new handout on how RICL is NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT "like Ameren or ComEd." 

GREAT article highlighting the reasons this is CRITICAL for Illinois (and all Midwest) consumers, ratepayers, taxpayers, voters, and landowners. In other words: ALL of us for many reasons:


To read "Clean Line Fails in Mendota,"  click HERE
Local reporters estimate more than 700 people came to the  first forum! 
Landowners who had driven from as far away as the Mississippi were turned away. The auditorium was packed and the parking lot full.

To read lots more posts about the forumclick on the big Facebook Button on the bottom right. There's a couple you don't want to miss!
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New, updated "Things you should know" flyer available HERE
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Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Testimony Highlights: Click on tab above.

MISSOURI- Click on the Block GBE tab above. 
IOWA- For the Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance  Click above.

NEW Construction Video is a reality check for "Clean" Line's rose-colored-glasses version:  


The simulation is based on RICL's Illinois Commerce Commission application, easement contracts already handed out, past statements of RICL reps, and standard construction procedures.  Click here.


Hint: This is a big file. If you have slower internet, you may need to give it some time to download!



Illinois Commerce Commission: The testimony on Docket 12-0560 is valuable for ALL projects!  For the ICC documents Click Here.


                   Hint: Start with June 25th ComEd and ICC staff testimony.

                   Click here for highlights as we continue to post them.  


Uh-Oh. BUSTED.  RICL's finances....or lack of..... Click Here. 


"....RI has not claimed or proved public need in the FERC-jurisdictional regional planning process and despite the fact that RI's own witnesses underscore that this is a "spec"-like project that RI may not even try to build." ComED/ Naumann, p. 3

"This Project is simply not developed enough for final regulatory approval." ComED/Naumann, p.2

Economic benefits...without any costs figured in: 

                     

"Q: Has RICL demonstrated that the RICL Project's benefits outweighs its costs so that, on net, it is expedted to be beneficial to Illinois consumers?


A: No. The direct testimony presented by RICL witnesses focuses only on certain alleged benefits of the project. RICL has not compared the benfits to the project's expected costs." p. 11  ICC/Zuraski


"Indeed, the more imprudent, inefficient, costly, wasteful RICL is assumed to be, the greater the “benefit” that would be computed by Dr.  Loomis’ model."   p. 14  ICC/Zuraski 


So all that propaganda touted by Detweiler, Connely, Doug Jones, Cottler, etc. in the last 3 years was based on ONLY possible (and in-your-dreams) benefits with NONE of the costs figured in. 

Makes you wonder what else they haven't exactly been "forthcoming" about. 

 

IOWA Alert:  We have a new page specifically for Iowa here. 


LAND AGENT BEWARE!!  Have you received a certified letter asking you to meet with Mike Knox? 


Here's your reply in Illinois: Notice to Deny Right of Way.   Sign, copy, and mail certified to Patton.


This is a PRIVATE company. You do not have to meet with them until and only IF they become a public utility. IF, and it's a huge IF. Read our Land Agent Beware here. Instead, contribute to the legal fight through the Illinois Landowners Alliance (ILA) to deny "Clean" Line public utility status, and therefore eminent domain. To be referred to ILA, contact us at SaveOurFarmland@hotmail.com.

The AIMA (Agriculture Mitigation Agreement) DON'T BE DUPED: Hans Detweiler is making grandiose claims that an AIMA (Agriculture Impact Mitigation Agreement) has been reached with the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture.  What took so long? Read more here. 


From the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture: This does NOT consitute an endorsement of the project in ANY way. See their letter sent to landowners here.  


Where else would it be okay for a private company to use eminent domain to cut a swath through the middle of a privately owned factory, put up major obstructions in the production line, and think it's okay to pay less than market value for the property in the easement only?


Block RICL,  originated in northern Illinois, but now stretches across the midwest in a networks of friends, neighbors and families. We are joining our talents and resources to oppose "Clean" Line Energy Partners, LLC projects- including Rock Island "Clean" Line, Grain Belt Express, and Plains and Eastern,  in addition to other unnecessary transmission line projects that are being proposed in the midwest  -  at the cost of billions of dollars to the taxpayer and consumer


"Clean" Line Energy Partners, LLC, expects us to believe that this project would make our electric prices go down.  By what creative accounting can that be even remotely possible when “Clean” Line’s own power point presentation states that the estimated cost of delivered wind is  $70 per megawatt hour- including $25 per megawatt hour in transmission cost- when our current electric prices are around $30 per megawatt hour???  


BLOCK RICL Initiatives: 


Add YOUR voice to our ongoing BLITZ campaign until Illinois calls a moratorium on all new transmission lines.  


ONLINE Petition: Click, sign, and send to all your friends, family, and neighbors!! 


Call and email Governor Quinn with this message:  


"We are calling for a moratorium on ALL new transmission line projects in Illinois until we can evaluate ALL lines collectively to assess the actual needs, benefits, and especially the COSTS to Illinois landowners, taxpayers, and consumers."


RICL  (parent company "Clean" Line Energy) is a private company intending to use eminent domain to build a 500-mile high-voltage DC power line near homes and through prime Illinois and Iowa farmland. The 200-foot easements alone would take over 12,000 acres and impact thousands more in the building and maintenance of these structures and future additions to easements!  


Representatives of RICL claim that they are not "currently" applying for eminent domain in IL; however, they neglect to say that IF RICL receives public utility status, then being granted the right of eminent domain is basically procedural.