The company wanting to build an electric transmission line through northeast Missouri has filed suit against the five county commissions standing in the way of the project moving forward.

Last April the Missouri Public Service Commission authorized Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois to build its Mark Twain Transmission Line, but only if the county commissions in Marion, Knox, Shelby, Adair and Schuyler counties agreed.

At this point all five counties have either denied or tabled Ameren’s request to allow the lines to run through their counties.

Ameren’s suit alleges that this is a wrongful denial of the company’s rights and want local courts to force the county commissions to give their assent.

Ameren wants to build a 100 mile, 345,000 volt transmission line from Palmyra to the Iowa border. They would like to have the project completed by November of 2018.