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Eminent Domain Information
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Nor Shall Private Property Be Taken For Public Use, Without Just Compensation
- The 5th Amendment, U.S. Constitution

Spoon River Transmission Project - Ameren/ATXI

On behalf of Robert Denlow

WHAT is the project?

Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI) has proposed to build a 345,000-volt (345kv) transmission line across northwestern Illinois from Peoria to Galesburg. ATXI proposed numerous routes for the project, but in September 2015, it received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission for its final route shown on this map:

Spoon River Transmission Line Project - Illinois Commerce Commission Approved Route

The project will require the use of poles that are up to 130 feet high which will require easements as wide as 150 feet.

Spoon River Transmission Line Project - Structure Design and Easement

WHEN is this project to be built?

ATXI has established a timeline that the Spoon River Transmission Line will be constructed by 2018. ATXI conducted public meetings along the route and received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission. According to its schedule, ATXI will start to contact property owners to acquire the easement rights that it needs to build the power lines in 2015:

Spoon River Transmission Project - Project Schedule

HOW will this project affect me?

If your property is in the path of the Project, then ATXI will need to acquire the right to build the transmission line on your property. In order to do so, it will have to purchase an easement from you. If you cannot agree on the price or terms of the easement, ATXI will have the power to use eminent domain to force the easement on your property. Information on the eminent domain process, including your rights as a property owner can be found HERE on the Denlow & Henry website.

Transmission lines can have drastic impacts on the value of property. When electric companies run unsightly power lines over and through residences, farms and businesses, and place transmission towers on private property, they can destroy aesthetics and interfere with the use of the property by making it more difficult to farm or develop and sell land.

At Denlow & Henry, our attorneys understand the negative effects property lines and transmission towers have on our clients’ properties. Over the years, we have successfully helped many Missouri property owners enforce their rights under eminent domain laws and obtain just compensation from electric companies.

What Are My Rights?

Many residential and commercial property owners do not realize they have a right to compensation for the electric lines and towers placed on their properties. If even a portion of your property is used by electric companies for their utilities, you deserve just compensation.

Just compensation includes not only the value of the property lost to electric utilities, but also damage done to the remaining property.

At Denlow & Henry, we have gone up against some of the state’s largest electric companies and co-ops, such as the Ameren-UE, Kansas City Power & Light and Sho-Me Electric Co-op. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

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