Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri appeals court panel says utility regulators had no authority to grant conditional approval for a high-voltage power line across northeastern Missouri.

The ruling Tuesday overturns an April 2016 decision by the Missouri Public Service Commission, which approved the line on the condition that an Ameren Corp. subsidiary later get consent to cross roads from the counties affected.

The appeals court says state law requires county authorization before state regulatory approval.

The 95-mile-long power line is to run through Schuyler, Adair, Knox, Shelby and Marion counties while angling from the Iowa border toward Illinois.

Tuesday’s ruling also could set a precedent for how the PSC handles a pending request by Clean Line Energy for a transmission line carrying wind-generated power from Kansas across northern Missouri.

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Comments (2)
  1. This is such a big win for local control in the state! Missouri really needs to step up its game with property rights protections. If you look at surrounding states, our laws are too far behind. It makes it attractive for companies to bulldoze through Missouri to take advantage of our farmland to make a quick profit. We need better laws. Rep. Nate Walker has introduced two bills this session, HB640 & HB795 – they should move forward because they would give us the kind of protection that we need to preserve the integrity of our land while allowing for responsible development of infrastructure.

  2. We have to stick together to protect our property rights!

    Neighbors United Official Statement Regarding the Western District Appeals Court Case Result:

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