Landowners allowed to join Ameren power line case
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A judge has allowed landowners in northern Missouri to join a legal fight over a plan by a subsidiary of Ameren Corp. to build a high-voltage power line.
Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois wants to build a roughly 100-mile power line across Missouri from the Iowa to Illinois borders. It would be part of a 480-mile transmission line from Ottumwa, Iowa, to western Indiana.
A Cole County circuit judge was hearing arguments Monday on Ameren's request for a ruling that the Missouri Public Service Commission has no authority over the power line, and that Ameren thus doesn't need state permission to build it.
The line's exact route has yet to be determined. But the landowners are concerned that Ameren could try to use eminent domain to acquire their property.