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Published May 26, 2010, 10:19 AM

Task force tackles eminent domain for power lines in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — A legislative task force will meet in Casper on Thursday to begin work on how to set guidelines for siting of power lines.

CASPER, Wyo. — A legislative task force will meet in Casper on Thursday to begin work on how to set guidelines for siting of power lines.

The Task Force on Wind Energy has been asked to consider reforming the state’s eminent domain laws, but only as they pertain to electrical “collector” lines. Those lines are needed to connect wind farms to major intrastate and interstate transmission lines.

The challenge also forces lawmakers to delve into the complexities of interrupted viewsheds that are both public and private.

In recent years, some Wyoming residents have complained about the power of eminent domain being used to take private land for railroads, power lines, pipelines and coal-bed methane discharge water.

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