NE Kansas group fighting power line developer

MARYSVILLE, Kan. (AP) — A group of northeast Kansas residents has banded together in a bid to keep a high-voltage power line system away from their farms.

The so-called Grain Belt Express would transmit about 3,500 megawatts of electricity along 600 kilovolt lines from wind farms in southwest Kansas to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The developer, Clean Line, said the line would then join with others to carry the power farther east.

The group started a petition at Change.org, arguing Kansas should keep its wind energy in the state instead of selling it across state lines. The petition also argues that Clean Line should be required to bury its lines and route them through public rights of way.

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