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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 3:39 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 3:40 p.m. CST

Recently Block RICL signs were damaged, removed and thrown at the end of my driveway and my 80-year-old, invalid mother’s yard in a neighboring town where I grew up. Whomever did this, please stop and find out more about the Block RICL cause before attacking individual members. Repeatedly shooting holes in signs adjacent to Interstate 39 endangers people and shows a level of anger that needs to be curbed.

Block RICL is a grassroots organization of friends, neighbors, landowners and concerned citizens who oppose Rock Island Clean Line’s plan to build 200-feet-tall 3,500 megawatt DC  current transmission lines across Iowa and Illinois. Block RICL does not oppose clean energy or jobs being brought to Illinois. We do oppose billions of dollars in unnecessary and irresponsible transmission line projects, which we, as consumers and taxpayers, will pay for.

The RICL company is privately-owned by investors who have a history of building and then selling to foreign investors.

Their company, Horizon Wind, is now owned by Portuguese investors (EDP). RICL is making claims to bring jobs to Illinois but in reality would provide only a few temporary jobs. The steel poles will likely come from China, and the wire claimed to be supplied from a company in southern Illinois will probably be manufactured out of state and “be supplied” by the Illinois wire company. Erection of mega high voltage DC lines is highly specialized, and no Illinois businesses exist with this expertise. Taxpayers and consumers will be paying for this proposed transmission line and supposed subsequent development — not in Illinois, while getting higher electricity rates as the power transmitted across the line competes with Illinois energy being sent into the East Coast grid electricity market.

Block RICL is made up of individuals across Illinois who are gathering and sending out information to citizens with the goal of getting the governing bodies to come up with a state and national comprehensive plan to deal with all the proposed transmission line projects now and in the future on the behalf of all Illinois residents.

Susan Sack

Mendota

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