The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the Surface Transportation Boardâ€™s rejection of the Great Lakes Basin Rail Line.
â€œWeâ€™re extremely pleased to see the Surface Transportation Board today reject Great Lakes Basin Transportationâ€™s application to construct and operate a rail line through Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
â€œDespite evidence showing the rail line unnecessary, the proposed 261-mile project would have cut through prime Illinois farmland, disturbing nearly 5,000 acres for the rail line and another 14,700 acres for the railport in Manteno.Â Â
â€œWeâ€™re happy to see that the Surface Transportation Board concurred with our written objections when they found Great Lakes Basin Transportationâ€™s application to be incomplete and the companyâ€™s assets insufficient to complete such a project.
â€œFinally, we would like to thank Sen. Dick Durbin, Reps. Robin Kelly and Adam Kinzinger, and all of our state and local officials for their support in opposing this project.â€