The Sept. 11 deadline for filing a notice of appeal of the denial of the Missouri Public Service Commission has passed without Grain Belt Express asking the Missouri Court of Appeals to hear the case.

The Sept. 11 deadline for filing a notice of appeal of the denial of the Missouri Public Service Commission has passed without Grain Belt Express asking the Missouri Court of Appeals to hear the case.  Clean Line Energy Partners — a private company sought to build an energy transmission line from wind farms in Kansas through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana to serve eastern cities — has chosen not to appeal the decision of the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC). 

 The PSC determined that the project was not in the best interest of Missouri and Grain Belt’s application was denied. An appeal filed with the PSC for a rehearing by the company was also denied. 

 Grain Belt has stated it will continue trying to get permission to build. The company is currently engaged in a legal battle in Illinois attempting to obtain eminent domain authority. Several legal groups, including the Illinois Farm Bureau, and individual landowners, have legally opposed the project.