JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court says state utility regulators cannot get involved in cases that are before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The court sided Tuesday with the operator of an interstate natural gas pipeline seeking to prevent the Missouri Public Service Commission from intervening in cases before federal energy regulators.
MoGas Pipeline LLC delivers natural gas to customers in Missouri. The company requested federal permission in 2007 and 2008 to build and operate new facilities and change its gas prices. The Missouri Public Service Commission intervened in the cases to protest the proposals.
In its 4-3 ruling, the state Supreme Court said Missouri law does not give the PSC authority to intervene in cases before the federal commission.