Well, that was news. Because nobody else had heard about it, and nobody seemed to have the ruling from the Supreme Court.
Except it never happened. WTAD mistook an Appeals Court scheduling of the case to have been made by the Supreme Court. Whoopsie!
Just to add stupider to stupid, Midwest Energy News then did a non-news follow-up to report that nothing had happened. Except MWEN needed to demonstrate that it has no idea what's going on or what the case is about.
Bravo, fake news, bravo!
WTAD published a correction to its fake news story:
WTAD wishes to issue a correction to this story. We had earlier reported that the case was being heard by the Missouri Supreme Court. That's not correct. It's being heard by the Eastern Missouri District Appeals Court. Clean Line has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to hear the case, but they have not yet ruled in the case. We regret the error.
The state regulators said they couldn’t approve of the Grain Belt Express because they felt bound by a ruling made by the western district of the state court of appeals. That court ruled that a different transmission project could not proceed because it had failed to get approval from the counties along the route. The state’s regulators said they had to comply with that ruling.
Of course, MWEN's reporter seems to have been mislead by GBE's Mark Lawlor and his evasive canned talking points.
Lawlor has characterized the earlier rejection as a gross misinterpretation of state law, effectively giving county commissions the power to make final decisions on large infrastructure projects. And that, he claims, “would have a chilling effect on investment on infrastructure in Missouri. When other utilities and investors look at where they want to spend money, they will look at Missouri and see a Do Not Enter sign.
“The case is really simple: it’s who has ultimate jurisdiction over utilities? Is it the counties or the public service commission? For over 100 years, it’s been pretty clear: it’s the purview of the public service commission. But for the last few months, it’s been turned on its head.”
No person or persons, association, companies or corporations shall erect poles for the suspension of electric light, or power wires, or lay and maintain pipes, conductors, mains and conduits for any purpose whatever, 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 therefor...
I guess they must have money to burn. You know, "OPM"?
And in other news this week... nothing happened in Missouri. GBE is still not permitted. The Missouri Supreme Court has still not accepted GBE's "urgent" request to transfer its appeal directly to the Supreme Court. The Appeals Court has routinely scheduled arguments. And let's add one more fact that MWEN missed... the Missouri Supreme Court already considered this issue once, when Ameren appealed the Western District Court of Appeals opinion to the Supreme Court earlier this year. The Supreme Court declined to even hear the case, much less overturn the Appeals Court ruling.
Maybe Mark needs a new hobby to while away the hours between now and next February? What do you think Mark should do to make constructive use of his time?