Power Line Issue Goes to Court

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

In December, we introduced you to residents of the Bent Creek Farms and Chestnut Hill subdivision who were upset with proposed power lines being ran throughout their neighborhoods.

Now that the Tennessee Valley Authority has decided to go ahead with plans to put up the 161 kilovolt transmission lines...the citizens are taking legal action.

They have filed what their lawyer, David Broderick, calls a "declaratory judgment action" against TVA, Bowling Green Municipal Utilities and Warren Rural Electric.

"To determine whether or not theirs a public need for Bowling Green Municipal Utilities to put in the new substation and essentially determine if Warren Rural Electric can't provide the same service so we wouldn't have the extra cost to consumers and taxpayers," says Broderick.

Broderick says according to BGMU's own studies, the lines won't be needed until 2014 and the residents feel that there are other alternatives to putting up these lines.

He also notes that he hasn't received support from both local power companies.

"We have gotten a lot of cooperation from Warren Rural Electric on this matter. Bowling Green Municipal Utilities has been very uncooperative. This way we're going to find out what our rights are in court."

Both TVA and BGMU said they were unaware of the suit when contacted by WBKO.

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