Federal Judge Plans Ruling As “Soon As Possible” On Clean Line Project

An attorney representing landowners opposing a high voltage transmission line across Arkansas argued in federal court Tuesday (Nov. 14) that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is using eminent domain authority solely to allow a Texas partnership to move forward with the controversial $2 billion project.

But DOE, Department of Justice and attorneys representing Houston-based Plains and Eastern Clean Line countered that the Arkansas landowners opposing the Clean Line project cannot sue the DOE until their land is condemned, and the federal law doesn’t allow the Energy Department to cede authority of federal grid infrastructure projects to state control.

 

Those issues were among a handful of key arguments made during four hours of deliberation before U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall, Jr. for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Two landowner groups, using the names Golden Bridge LLC and Downwind LLC, brought the case to federal court over a year ago to protect property rights and interests of member landowners along the entire route of the proposed 720-mile project across Arkansas.    MORE
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