Landowners Against High-Voltage Power Line

9 October 2017
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Hundreds of Pennsylvania and Maryland landowners might lose a portion of their property for a new high-voltage power line project. Farmers and residents who live near the proposed routes have spoken out against the project at recent public meetings.

Despite opposition, Transource Energy plans to build a 40-mile, 230-kilovolt transmission line in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The project calls for 135-foot towers and will provide two new additional pathways for electricity.

While Transource forecasts the project to save millions in energy costs, many impacted residents believe the new power line will not benefit the area.

Transource Energy is considering several possible alternatives for the route of the transmission line. The $320 million line could run through Chanceford, East Hopewell, Fawn, Hopewell, Lower Chanceford or Peach Bottom townships, depending on which route is selected.

Transource Energy may use the power of eminent domain to acquire the necessary private property. Under eminent domain law, some private corporations have the authority to take private property for public use. Landowners in the path of the powerline are against the company seizing their land and strongly believe in the preservation of private property.

At this time, public hearings are being conducted, allowing property owners to voice their opinions on the proposed project.

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