Power Company Files Petitions Against Citizens

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

In order to do this, they need lines to service their power.

After T-V-A denied them access to their lines, the co-op has decided to put up a transmission line of their own... a decision that hasn't sat well with several residents.

The anger over the lines has turned into a battle for land and how the ECKP has thrown the first punch.

East Kentucky Power Cooperative says that the papers, filed in Warren County Circuit Court, are "emminent domain" petitions against four families who are opposing putting up the power line in their yards.

This is legal action the power co-op says should have been avoided.

" We work with the property owners as much as we can because using "emminent domain" is a last resort," says power co-op spokesman, Nick Comer.

According to the documents...the defendants are interfering in the Plaintiff's ability to "construct, inspect, operate, repair, rebuild and maintain an electric transmission line and related system through which electricity may be transmitted and distributed to residents of Kentucky and customers of plaintiff."

The EKPC says the project has been underway for about a year and the Kentucky Public Service Commission gave its recommendations on it.

"The commission reviewed our plans, reviewed the necessity of this project. They issued a ruling on october 31st and found that the project is indeed necessary. "

The power line would run 97 miles through Barren, Warren, Butler and Ohio counties. According to Comer, more than 400 property owners will be affected by the power line.

WBKO contacted the defendants named in the petitions. They declined to comment at this time.

Construction on the lines is scheduled to begin later this year. We will bring you more information when it becomes available.


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