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The MO Attorney General intervenes in the lawsuit against Grain Belt Express

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The MO Attorney General intervenes in the lawsuit against Grain Belt Express

The Missouri Attorney General has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Grain Belt Express, an 800-mile transmission line that would carry power from Kansas through Indiana.

The Grain Belt Express is suing Monroe County, Missouri, alleging the county failed to approve the project.

A state-level statute is at risk of being misinterpreted or invalidated, and Andrew Bailey tells Brownfield.

“I believe the due process clause has been misinterpreted to allow for the seizure of private property for the ephemeral concept of public benefit. My concern is that there are out-of-state elites and progressive corporations who think they can buy Missouri.”

Some northern Missouri landowners and state agricultural organizations, including the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, oppose the project over concerns related to eminent domain.

Attorney Brent Haden, based in central Missouri, is representing Monroe County in the lawsuit and says Missouri’s eminent domain laws and processes fail to protect landowners.

“There are not enough procedural protections. There are not enough protections for how land is used and how it should be restored, especially after it has been torn up by utilities. We have a lot of work to do.”

Construction of the Grain Belt Express Transmission Line is expected to take place in two phases. The first phase, construction from Kansas to Monroe County in Northeast Missouri, is expected to begin as early as 2025. The second phase will follow, running from Northeast Missouri to Illinois and Indiana.

Listen to our interview with Attorney General Bailey.

Map image credit: Grain Belt Express

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