Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Illinois Commerce Commission tells Enbridge to go make peace with landowners

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has thrown a wrench into the well-oiled plans of Enbridge Energy to build a 170-mile pipeline, ordering it to reach an agreement with upset property owners.
The board said the pipeline's path makes sense, but wouldn't grant Enbridge eminent domain to take land to lay its pipe.
A group of 200 landowners near Bloomington, Ill., are refusing to sign an agreement with the company for putting the pipeline on their property.
Back in February, the ICC said Enbridge could get eminent domain, but now more talks are needed.
Delays are pushing construction on the half-billion dollar pipeline back a year.
Building could start in 2010.

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