Public Hearings- Important!

PUBLIC HEARINGS- CRITICAL!!

BLOCK GBE Missouri Calls “All Hands On Deck” for Public Hearing:

Block Grain Belt Express-Missouri is calling on its members, and all Missourians, to speak out about the Grain Belt Express transmission project at important Public Service Commission hearings slated to begin the second week of December.

“We really cannot over-emphasize how crucial these public hearings are to preventing the precedent of an out-of-state company receiving the state’s power of eminent domain to take private property for its speculative, for-profit venture,” said Jennifer Gatrel, spokeswoman for Block GBE. “We must stand together as a community to protect our property rights!”

The meeting information is as follows:

Dec. 7, 2016: Monroe City
Knights of Columbus Hall, 424 South Locust
The local public hearing will begin at 12:00 p.m.*

Dec. 7, 2016: Hannibal
Theater Auditorium, Hannibal-LaGrange University, 2800 Palmyra Road
The local public hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m

Dec.  8, 2016: Marceline
Walsworth Community Center, 124 East Ritchie
The local public hearing will begin at 12:00 p.m.*

Dec. 8, 2016: Moberly
Moberly Municipal Auditorium, 201 West Rollins
The local public hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 13, 2016: Cameron
Cameron Community Center, 915 Ashland Avenue
The local public hearing will begin at 12:00 p.m.*

Dec. 13, 2016: Faucett
Mid-Buchanan High School, Multipurpose Room, 3221 SE Route H
The local public hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 14, 2016: Polo
Community Center at Stagecoach Park, 1010 Main Street
The local public hearing will begin at 12:00 p.m.*

Dec. 14, 2016: Carrollton
Rupe Community Center, 710 Harvest Hills Drive
The local public hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m.

*In order to be able to move equipment to the next local public hearing that same day, 12:00 p.m. local public hearings will end no later than 4:00 p.m.

PSC rules and our suggestions for the hearings:

PSC Rules for this case

  • All hearing locations are handicap accessible. Any person who needs additional accommodations to participate in the hearing should call the Public Service Commission’s Hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 before the hearing.
  • Before speaking, you will be sworn in as a witness.
  • When speaking, state your name and the county you live and or own property in. You will likely be asked to spell your name.
  • Speak slowly so that the court reporter can keep up with you.
  • You will only be allowed to testify once throughout all of the hearings. However, you may attend as many of the hearings as you wish.
  • Each speaker will be limited to five minutes. If the Law Judge tells you your time is up, just say “thank you” and end it there.
  • No one will be allowed to yield their time to another speaker.
  • If you have printed material which is related to what you are speaking about, you may offer it to the Law Judge as an Exhibit if you wish to do so.

 

Our Suggestions

  • Wear your Block Grain Belt shirt and/or cap. If you do not have one, we suggest you wear a similar neon lime green shirt so that we can show a noticeably large and unified force.
  • We will also have some Block Grain Belt caps for sale in the parking lot before the hearing.
  • We suggest you arrive at least an hour early to get on the agenda and find a seat. We expect Grain Belt to bring in even more supporters of theirs from college campuses, unions and etc. than in 2014 that will also try to get on the agenda early. Speakers will be called upon in the order they signed in.
  • Be respectful and courteous when speaking and listening to others.
  • Please respect and obey the rules for testifying.
  • Always address the Commission as “Mr. Chairman and members of the Commission”.
  • Testify as to how the unnecessary line would impact your life, your operation, your property and/or your community.
  • It is very important that we have very large numbers of speakers in opposition to Grain Belt. Whether or not someone else in your family has already spoke, your testimony is needed and will make a difference. You do not have to be a great public speaker or to give a long inspirational speech. You may simply state that you are opposed to Grain Belt and state one or more reason why. Or, you may just say that you are opposed for reasons already stated.
  • Thank the Chairman and members of the Commission and urge them to deny Grain Belt Express.

Russ Piscotta, President of Block GBE, stated, “At the last round of hearings, it was inspiring to see so many diverse people come together to accomplish the defeat of Grain Belt’s attack on private property rights. Everyone was wearing green to show their support for Block GBE, creating a sea of green in the audience, and the citizens did an amazing job standing up for property rights. It is extremely important that we have an even better showing in front of our PSC this time! Clean Line has stepped up their game and will likely show up at these hearings with even more advocates. Please remember to wear your green and bring lots of friends and family. Together we can defeat them once and for all.”

Some of Block GBE’s major concerns are property rights, property devaluation, health effects, and the impediments to farming posed by the lines. Citizens interested in standing up for Missouri and showing our Public Service Commission how much they care about their communities and property rights can get more information about the public hearings by calling 660-232-1280.