Eminent Domain: AEP and Biers Hopetown Delano transmission line

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On May 5, 2014, American Electric Power Ohio Transmission Company, Inc. filed a supplemental application with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for the Biers Run-Hopetown-Delano project, incorporating several alterations to the proposed preferred route. This type of project may involve eminent domain proceedings to secure the necessary propery rights.

The original application for the Biers Hopetown Delano 138 kV transmission line project was filed on January 8, 2014. Since then, AEP Ohio Transco evaluated potential route adjustments based on stakeholder concerns, potential increases or decreases in impacts to ecological, cultural and land use resources and technical feasibility. Many interested and concerned parties submitted comments to the siting board of the PUCO. As a result of its post application evaluation and property owner concerns, AEP Ohio Transco made five substantive route adjustments to the preferred route for this project.

The adjustments include two that were made to avoid Anderson Earthwork, an archaeological site, and adjustments to prevent bisecting several properties.

Approximately 251 residences are situated within 1,000 feet of the preferred route transmission line, two of which are within 100 feet. Three schools – Union Scioto High School, Intermediate School and Union-Scioto Primary School – and one church – Faith Chapel of Chillicothe – are within 1,000 feet of the preferred route transmission line.

The Ohio eminent domain attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List represent landowners affected by the Biers Hopetown Delano transmission line. If you own property that will be impacted by this, or any other public utility project, you are entitled to adequate financial compensation.