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NEXUS Pipeline to Begin Easement Negotiations Soon

Officials from Spectra Energy Co will be looking to meet with property owners along the NEXUS Pipeline route soon in order to being the easement neogtiation process. This appears to be in conjunction with surveying efforts mentioned in an earlier blog.

LANDOWNERS: It is important that you have the right information in order to make the right decisions as you deal with Spectra. Sever Storey stands ready to help you through the process. We encourage you to call our firm at 614-360-2818 for information. We are a firm the represents landowners affected by eminent domain all over the State of Ohio. We will help you through the process and ensure that you are compensated and treated fairly.

Spectra will have the ability to use eminent domain to acquire the necessary easements. However, you should not be intimidated by this. Our firm has used the condemnation (eminent domain) process effectively to recover more compensation for our clients hundreds of times in the past.

For an article with more information, click here.

Hayes West Freemont Line Receives Approval

Earlier this week, the Ohio Power Siting Board issued its Opinion, Order, and Certificate to American Transmission Systems, Inc. (ATSI) for the Hayes-West Freemont 138-kv Transmission Line. ATSI has no cleared what is essentially the last hurdle in the approval process for the line.

The Power Siting Board's Opinion determined that the project complied with all environmental requirements, was for the public good, and ATSI should be granted a certificate for the construction, operation and maintenance of the line along the preferred route. The Power Siting Board's Opinion will also give ATSI the power to obtain easements using eminent domain if they are unable to reach agreements with property owners along the line.

Landowners that will be affected by the project should expect to be hearing from ATSI more in the near future. Sever Storey will be hosting a seminar for affected landowners on September 9, 2014 at the Birchard Public Library, 423 Croghan St. Freemont, Ohio 43420, at 6:30pm. We will present information about the eminent domain process and what to expect as ATSI attempts to obtain easements. 

Sever Storey is a law firm that exclusively represents property owners affected by eminent domain. For more information about the eminent domain process or our upcoming seminar, please feel free to give us a call at 614-360-2818. Ask for George Padgitt. Or you can email George at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To view the Power Siting Board's Opinion, click here.

Clean Line Transmission Project Gets Chilly Reception in Missouri

         

Local Missouri farmers and business owners gathered on Tuesday to voice their opposition to the Grain Belt Express Project, one of several transmission projects planned across the county by Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC.

This project in particular, which was developed to provide and carry cheap wind energy across several states, will include a 206-mile high-voltage line crossing from southwest Kansas, directly through Missouri, costing nearly $2.2 billion when completed.

Backed by the Missouri Farm Bureau, several farmers and landowners attended the first public hearing to express concerns about their property rights, land devaluation, and loss of land productivity should the line be approved and constructed on its current route. These opponents join the already 3,200 public comments filed with the Missouri Commission to date. Taking these concerns into consideration, the Commission is expected to provide a decision on regulatory approval for the project by early 2015.

Full story here.  

If you think you may be affected by the Grain Belt 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.

BLOCK GBE Missouri Calls "All Hands On Deck" for Public Hearing

 

Block Grain Belt Express-Missouri is calling on its members, and all Missourians, to speak out about the Grain Belt Express transmission project at important Public Service Commission hearings slated to begin next week. "We really cannot over-emphasize how crucial these public hearings are to preventing the precedent of an out-of-state company receiving the state's power of eminent domain to take private property for its speculative, for-profit venture," said Jennifer Gatrel, spokeswoman for Block GBE. "We must stand together as a community to protect our property rights!"

The first hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Monroe City. That hearing will be closely followed by one at 6:00 p.m. the same day at the Hannibal-LaGrange University Theater Auditorium in Hannibal. Other dates include August 14 in Marceline and Moberly, Sept. 3 in Cameron and St. Joseph, and September 4 in Hamilton and Carrollton. Block GBE leadership advises citizens who wish to participate to arrive early to have their names added to the speakers' list, and immediately find a seat inside the meeting room.

Full story here.  

If you think you may be affected by the Grain Belt 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 eyes improvements to Maplecrest-Adams Center corridor

 

A $40 million road project that has improved traffic flow but failed to generate the hoped-for jobs and investment is being targeted for a major upgrade even though there are no current plans or dollars to make it happen.

That is, in fact, why the Allen County Commissioners Friday are expected to approve a contract worth up to $210,000 with American Structurepoint Inc., which will provide engineering services for the possible widening and improvement of Adams Center Road from Indiana 930 south to Interstate 469.

Full story here.   

If you think you may be affected by the Maplecrest-Adams Center Corridor 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.

Ohio Pipeline Energy Network Issues Environmental Assessment

Texas Eastern Transmission issued its environmental assessment for the Ohio Pipeline Energy Network (OPEN) Pipeline on Friday August 22, 2014. The document details the environmental impacts of the proposed pipeline and now will be reviewed by FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC will make a decision regarding whether to authorize the project by November 20, 2014. In the event that the environment assessment is approved and the project is given the green light, it is likley that landowners will begin to hear from Texas Eastern soon after the decision.

For more information on the project or what to expect as a landowner, please feel free to call Sever Storey at 614-360-2818. 

NEXUS Pipeline Seeking Permission to Survey

Landowners in the path of the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission Line have recently received letters requesting permission to survey their land in order to determine an exact route for the pipeline. The survey work is likely to begin in September.

The NEXUS pipeline is not scheduled to be in service until 2017. However, this is a major step in the process. Landowners that have questions about the process or what to expect can call Sever Storey at (614) 360-2818 to speak with an attorney. Sever Storey represents landowners subject to eminent domain across the state of Ohio.

Click here to read an article with more information regarding the potential survey work.

Tollway Boss: Route 53 Extension Not A Done Deal

 

The head of the Illinois Tollway says there has still been no decision on whether to go ahead with plans to extend west suburban Route 53 into Lake County.

Money is only one of the major considerations, WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.

Tollway Director Kristi LaFleur says there’s consensus among most of the affected parties on a four-lane roadway running from Lake-Cook Road North. But, she says, an advisory group is still going over financial and environmental concerns, among other issues.

Full story here.   

If you think you may be affected by the Route 53 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.

Quinn designates South Suburban Airport, plans investors meeting

 

Flanked by a bevy of local leaders, Gov. Pat Quinn unveiled a sign officially renaming Bult Field as the state-owned South Suburban Airport and announced that he will meet with private investors next month to create a plan to further develop the airport.

The state bought the 288-acre airport with its 5,000-foot runway on Kedzie Avenue in Monee on June 30 for $34 million. It lies within the footprint that has been established for the future airport, bringing its total land acquisition to 3,600 acres, of the 5,800 acres needed.

Full story here.   

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.

Opponents dominate crowd at hearing on Grain Belt Express project

 

With T-shirts and stickers, the opponents of a high-voltage transmission line showed they were organized and their loud applause showed they were the majority during a Public Service Commission hearing Thursday night at Moberly Auditorium.

Concerns about the use of eminent domain, the health risks of electromagnetic fields and the visual appearance of the Grain Belt Express line that would cross Randolph County dominated opposition comments. The appeal of jobs, tax revenue and the distribution of clean energy harvested from wind power highlighted the arguments from supporters.

Full story here.   

If you think you may be affected by the Grain Belt 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.

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