For one Faucett, Missouri, farming family, the unknown of The Grain Belt Express power line means the future as they know it could be up in the balance.
The line stretching from Kansas to Indiana was approved by the Missouri Court of Appeals on Dec. 17 is routed to pass through Ted Rogers’ land, just 200 feet from his family’s house.
Through eminent domain, the power line could cause his family to move. It also is unknown if it is safe for livestock to roam under the power lines or if he will be able to drive his combine under them.
“They’re taking our property, a private company is taking our property for gain, and they’re, they’re gonna pay us pennies, and they’re gonna make millions off us and ... it’s a shame that it is,” Rogers said.
Sen. Tony Luketemeyer, R-Parkville, said this is an issue he is passionate about, and he is looking to protect the people in his district who are impacted by the line.
“There was something that was filed in the House last year to pre-empt what the Public Service Commission did in terms of approving that line. It didn’t make it over to the Senate, Luketemeyer said. “I think that’s probably going to be a conversation we’re going to have again this session.”
For Rogers, the unknown has sparked many emotions for him, as he has lived on the 250 acres of land that he farms for the last 60 years.
”We’re not even sure we’re going to be alive in the house when I get done with this thing, because nobody knows, nobody can tell us what this thing is going to put out,” Rogers said.
Rogers said he has had his land impacted by eminent domain three different times. The difference in those instances, he said, was he could see some of the gain the situation gave people in Missouri and Buchanan County. He said this power line benefits a private company and people not from the area.
The line will impact other lives in rural Buchanan County and the region. It travels 780 miles, with the state of Missouri being in the middle of the line.