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Clean Line Battle Continues

The battle continues to brew between Clean Line Energy and area landowners. Both sides are weighing in as the project's lines are drawn.
(COWGILL, Mo.) "We're food producers,we produce food for everybody and we feel that we're creating and meeting a public need. We would just ask that our public need not be stepped on," said Jennifer Gatrel.

Gatrel and her family live on a 430 acre farm in Caldwell County.

The farm is not only their source of income- it's a part of their family's history.

They say building a power line through the area would interrupt their farm.

"Our goal is to do what Jeff's dad did and pass this farm on down to our children," added Gatrel.

The proposed power lines would not only cut down every tree in the area but it will also kill shade for animals.

The family says Clean Line Energy is only offering them $72,000 per half mile.

The power line would run through 1 mile of their land and they say they would no longer own the land.

But Gatrel says you can't put a price on her livelihood.

Representatives from Clean Line Energy say there are benefits to the Grain Belt Express.

They say the project would raise property tax value and reduce the average prices of electricity.

"In order to be a public utility in the state of Missouri you need to provide a public service," said Mark Lawlor with Clean Line Energy.

The company says any utility company in the state would be able to buy access to the power.

They say they have enough support from farmers for the project to be a success.

"People understand the need for us to continue to get clean domestic energy onto our system," added Lawlor.

The Grain Belt Express will run from Kansas to Indiana.

No word yet on when construction is set to begin.

To learn more about the Grain Belt Express, click here.

To learn more about Block Grain Belt Express, click here.

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