Over the course of eight hearings spread across the state in the last month, Missouri's patient and empathetic public service commissioners listened carefully to thousands of Missourians who oppose granting eminent domain authority to Clean Line for its speculative, unneeded 700-mile transmission project.
This is a huge victory for the people of Missouri, who came together to show the PSC and Clean Line a united front. The final hearings even attracted a dedicated contingent of opponents from neighboring Kansas, who were thrown under the bus by their own regulators last year. And what a difference for them! The respect that the Missouri regulators have for the people they serve was a breath of fresh air, as reported by one of the Kansans.
Many thanks to Jennifer Gatrel and Russ Pisciotta, who have dedicated themselves to this effort for the past year, and delivered for their members with the best public hearing effort possible. The "we the people" pinnacle reached last week is their only reward for the hours of tireless work they have put into the effort. These are the moments hard working opposition leaders live for, and the feeling is indescribable. I'm only sorry I had to miss it due to other commitments, but I am fully confident there will be other moments of victory as this group moves into the evidentiary hearings in November and toward their ultimate victory over Clean Line!
Good job, Missouri! You are an inspiration to transmission opposition everywhere!