STEPHENS AMONG THOSE URGING ACTION ON ELECTRIC RATES
State Representative Ron Stephens is among those calling for an immediate special session of the Illinois General Assembly to consider legislation that would implement a three-year rate freeze for consumers. Stephens says no action was taken to address rising gas prices and no action has been taken to address skyrocketing electric prices. Stephens, State Representative David Reis of Willow Hill, and John Cavaletto have sent letters to the Governor requesting the special session. Cavaletto is a Republican candidate for the Illinois House.
TRANS CANADA ISSUES NEWSLETTER TO LANDOWNERS
Landowners and communities along the route of the proposed Keystone Oil Pipeline project have received the latest issue of a newsletter from TransCanada. Since November 2005, TransCanada has conducted 47 open house meetings in the United States and Canada to explain the project that will include southern Bond County. The $2.1 billion oil pipeline would transport 435,000 barrels per day over 1,800 miles from Alberta, Canada to Wood River and Patoka, Illinois. Construction is projected to start in 2008.
In their newsletter, TransCanada reports that they have submitted an application for a Presidential Permit through the U.S. Department of State. Before issuing the permit, the Department of State must determine that the pipeline would serve the national interest. Cultural resource and environmental survey crews have been busy in the last year to identify wetlands, prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, or plant and animal species that could be harmed by the project.
BUSY NIGHT FOR GREENVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Saturday night and early Sunday morning was a busy time for Greenville firefighters. The Greenville Fire Protection District was called at 6:16 Saturday evening to Lynch Loop on the Red Ball Trail to a mobile home fire. Upon arriving, firemen found this to be a false alarm.
At 2:49 AM Sunday, firemen were called to the Friendly City Mobile Home Court on the South edge of Greenville to a report of a mobile home on Gold Street that was on fire. Firemen were on the scene until about 4:15 Sunday morning. Firefighters told WGEL that the small fire was located in a water heater closet. Smoke damage inside the trailer was minimal. The cause is under investigation.
Firemen were called again Sunday morning at 5:19 to a fire on Kingsbury Lane. This call also proved to be false as firemen were on the scene for about 20 minutes but found no fire.