Tensions flare at anti-Rock Island Clean Line meeting in Latimer

Dozens of landowners and other interested parties packed the Latimer Community Center Dec. 17 to hear a presentation about stopping the proposed Rock Island Clean Line project that could cut across land in 16 Iowa counties, including portions of Franklin County.

     The event was hosted by The Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance (PRIA), a state-wide anti-Rock Island Clean Line (RICL) group dedicated to blocking the project. PRIA board President and Spokeswoman Carolyn Sheridan, of rural Clay County, gave a presentation that outlined landowners’ rights and provided guests with information on how to help stop RICL. If approved, the project would build 375 miles of overhead power lines and towers that would carry electricity from northwest Iowa wind turbines to Chicago and other eastern locations.

     “We got our letters in July, so we’re way ahead of you. We had months of sleepless nights and stomach aches over this. We’ve been waiting for you people,” Sheridan told the crowd. “This is when we do our work. As property owners, this is when we learn our rights.”

Read the full article in the Dec. 25 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.