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Missouri Public Service Commission conditionally approves Ameren’s Mark Twain Transmission Line

The Missouri PSC approved the 100-mile high power transmission line proposed by Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI) known as the “Mark Twain Transmission Line.”  The PSC found that the transmission line met the legal requirements to obtain approval.  However, the PSC placed a major condition on the approval that requires ATXI to obtain assent from the five Missouri counties through which the line will be built.  Those are Marion, Shelby, Knox, Adair, and Schuyler Counties.  The condition was placed on the line due to a provision in Missouri Law that states that no corporation shall erect poles for the suspension of power wires through, on, under or across the public roads or highways of any county of this state, without first having obtained the assent of the county commission of such county.   ATXI argued that the county assent statute did not apply to the type of project that it proposes to build.  The transmission line has met with strong local opposition from an organization of impacted landowners and concerned citizens known as “Neighbors United Against Ameren’s Power Line.”  Ameren may seek an appeal of the PSC decision while also attempting to abide by the condition by providing assents from the various counties.  The county commissions, however, have demonstrated opposition to the project and support for the land owners.

The PSC Report and Order may be found by clicking on this link.

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