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It's a project causing controversy all across Iowa and Illinois.

Today (Dec. 5), it came to Scott County.

REpresentatives from Clean Line, a company who wants to build power line transportation lines for wind turbines across both states held a public meeting.

But it left a lot of people angry.

The path for the power lines cuts right through Scott County and many people living there don't want to see large structures built on their land.

"It just ruins the future value," says local farmer Ed Simpson.

Clean Line wants to put large power lines up, that will cut through his farm land.

He isn't alone.

And neither are his opinions.

"It would be better if it went someplace else," says Richard Hemphill, a farmer in Scott County. "That's always the case. You always want your neighbor to have it."

Doug Garner, agrees.

"I don't want it. I'm going to be a NIMBY. Put it in someone else's. I'm not in favor of it."

Hundreds of rural land owners turned out to the presentation from Clean Line.

To listen to their plans, and to question them.

"I feel that in generations to come, the land won't be able to be farmed anymore. It's going to take up quite a bit of space," says local land owner, Dorothy Curtis.

Curtis lives with her husband on their farm.

A farm that has been in his family since 1852.

"We will probably have at least three towers on our land and it's very difficult to farm around those and we wonder about when you do satellite farming, whether it will affect that or your GPS or television. We don't know what that electricity will do."

Representatives from Clean Line say their studies show that the towers won't effect any of these things, or cause any sort of health effects.

 

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