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Landowners question NEXUS pipeline plan

 

The NEXUS Gas Transmission open house buzzed Wednesday night with local landowners’ questions about the proposed natural gas pipeline.

How close could it be to my property? What will the pipeline carry? How big will it be? Will NEXUS restore the land after construction? What happens if there’s a leak?

Some of the more than 100 property owners from Stark and neighboring counties left the meeting at Stark State College satisfied with the answers they got. Others still had questions and concerns.

Full story here.

If you think you may be affected by the Nexus Gas Transmision Line and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.

Labor, Green Orgs Step Up to Back Grain Belt Clean Line in Missouri

The Grain Belt Clean Line, a multi-state powerline crossing Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and ending in Indiana, is gaining support from labor and environmental leaders in Missouri.

Jim Turner, executive committee chair of the Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the 600kV Grain Belt, which would move 3,500 megawatts of power from Kansas wind farms, would help the state move away from its reliance on coal.

Gerald Nickelson, president of the IUE-CWA Local 86114, works for a company in western Missouri that makes transformers for electric companies. He says in recent years, more and more contracts have come from wind farms, and he believes the transmission line would be a major economic boon for the state.
"You'll have the construction jobs of the individuals that'll come out and actually put up those poles," he stresses. "You'll have maintenance jobs, there'll be electrician jobs.

Full story here.

If you think you may be affected by the Grain Belt Clean Line Project and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.

Environmental Group "Paddles in Protest" Against Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline

Approximately 20 members of the environmental group "Honor the Earth," took to the water to protest the 616-mile Sandpiper pipeline.

The group, after congregating with signs near Lake Bemidji, launched a canoe into the lake as a show of objection to the pipeline, which would transport more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil per day from the Dakotas to Wisconsin.

Currently the pipeline is still being vetted by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Full story here.

If you think you may be affected by the Sandpiper Pipeline Project and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.

Admin Judges Recommend Denial of Grand Prairie Gateway Project

A proposed 57-mile powerline in Ogle, DeKalb, Kane and DuPage counties may never get off the ground. Administrative Law Judges Terrance A. Hilliard and Heather Jorgenson issued a proposed order in early September rejecting the 345kV ComEd Grand Prairie Gateway Project. 

On December 2, 2013, ComEd filed a petition with the ICC seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to authorize the utility to install, operate, and maintain the project and related facilities. The Illinois Commerce Commission will rule on the Petition before October 24, 2014, but the proposed order puts a severe dent in ComEd's plans.

The judges' order cites ComEd's inability to provide an adequate alternative route for 20 percent of the line.

Full story here.

If you think you may be affected by the ComEd Grand Prairie Gateway Project and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.

Aeronautics Director: Feds Making State Purchase Property for South Suburban Airport

Illinois Aeronautics Director Susan Shea said the Federal Aviation Administration requires the state to acquire the estimated 5,800 acres in the inaugural footprint of the South Suburban Airport.

The controversial, long idealized "third Chicago airport" is approximately 2,300 acres short of its inaugural footprint acreage requirement, and this directive would speed up the process of acquiring those remaining parcels.

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If you think you may be affected by the South Suburban Airport Project and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.

Committee Rebukes Continuous Flow Interchange at Randall Road

At the end, the proposed continuous flow interchange for the Randall Road widening project didn't even have a shot.

Instead, the McHenry County Transportation Committee will present to the County Board a more traditional design for the Algonquin Rd/Randall Road interchange improvement--one that does involve continuous flow (or federal funding).

One of the reasons the proposed continuous flow interchange was so popular was the promise for federal funding that came with it for pollution mitigation. Nonetheless, the CFI was almost universally rejected by village leaders and local officials.

Full story here.

If you think you may be affected by the Randall Road Project and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.

Sandpiper Pipeline Alternative Routes Considered

In effort to consider all possibilities, the controversial Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline has proposed nine alternative routes in Minnesota, one of which would be passing through Otter Tail County.

While the preferred path for the future $2.6 billion, 600-mile Sandpiper Pipeline is still well north of the county, one of nine additional route options being considered would track the pipeline through Otter Tail County and close to popular lakes like Rush and Big Pine.

The Otter Tail County route, along with eight others, were analyzed at a comparative hearing on September 11, 2014.

Full story here.

If you think you may be affected by the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline Project and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.

Medina County landowners rallying against proposed NEXUS gas pipeline

Elizabeth Gierosky was gardening when a car pulled into her driveway on Spieth Road in Litchfield Township at about 5 p.m. Aug. 28.

A man got out of the vehicle and walked around the back and side of the property.

She assumed he was a contractor or inspector, because she and her husband, Paul, were in the middle of remodeling their home.

He wasn’t. He was a senior right-of-way agent for NEXUS Gas Transmission, a 36-inch natural gas pipeline project across Ohio being led by the Texas-based Spectra Energy Corp.

After walking around her yard for about 10 minutes, he asked her to sign off on a request allowing the property to be surveyed for the pipeline.

“I don’t know what he was doing back there,” she said.

“I refused to sign for the survey, though, and I knew that’s what my husband would have done, too.”

Gierosky isn’t alone. She’s a member of a growing group of residents with safety and property-value concerns regarding the pipeline. About a half-dozen of them showed up at Tuesday’s Medina County commissioners meeting to ask them once more to back residents up in their resistance to the pipeline.

At several earlier meetings, commissioners turned down residents’ requests for a public hearing on the pipeline project.

Full story here.

If you think you may be affected by the Nexus Pipeline Project and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.

County uses eminent domain to acquire bank lot

Miami County commissioners have targeted three properties to purchase to help regain the parking they will lose once the new county jail is built on the lot south of the Administration Building, but one of the three property owners isn’t willing to budge on the selling price.

The commissioners voted unanimously during their Sept. 3 meeting to use eminent domain to acquire the Citizens State Bank parking lot east of the Miami County Administration Building.

Miami County Administrator Shane Krull said the bank is asking for $200,000 for the 30-space parking lot, and ongoing negotiations have been unsuccessful. Eminent domain allows a governmental entity to acquire property for public use.

Full story here.

New Eminent Domain Law May Require Business-Litigation Approach To Condemnation Cases

The Charlottesville paper recently ran an interesting story about how local road improvement projects will test the limits and scope of the Commonwealth's new eminent domain law.  The new laws are comprised of reforms passed in 2007 and a constitutional amendment passed in 2012.  State Senator Mark Obenshain is quoted as saying: "Property owners seeking remedies under the new legislation may petition the state for up to three years' worth of future profits" which could be based on lost profits.  Previously Virginia's condemnation proceedings measured damage by means of real estate valuations, rather than allowing for recovery of lost profits. 

This change in the law may turn condemnation cases into something that more resembles business litigation, with competing economic experts analyzing claims for lost profits.  Property owners seeking to challenge eminent domain takings under the new statute may want to reassess how they negotiate with the Commonwealth and what kind of evidence, witnesses and attorneys they need to prove their case.

Full story here.

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