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American Electric Power could use eminent domain to obtain easements needed for new electric transmission lines in Pickaway and Ross Counties.

The Ohio Power Siting Board has scheduled two public hearings for affected property owners to express their opinions about the proposed power line project.

The proposed transmission line would connect the AEP substations in Circleville and Chillicothe.  A 100-foot wide easement would be required for the project.  AEP stated that the transmission lines were needed to improve the reliability of electric power services in southern Central Ohio.

The Ohio Power Siting Board meetings are scheduled for November 5 in Chillicothe at the Pioneer School for Developmental Disabilities and November 6 at the Amvets Post 2256 at 818 Tarlton Road in Circleville.

The “Biers Run-Circleville” line will be approximately 19 miles long and will cross Deerfield and Union townships in Ross County and Circleville and Wayne townships in Pickaway County.

AEP also plans the “Biers Run-Hopetown-Delano” line, a 12 mile long line that would be located primarily in Union and Green Townships in Ross County and the “Biers Runs Station” line that is planned for Union Township in Ross County, northwest of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Government agencies and utility companies have the right by eminent domain to take private property for public use.  Utility companies may take property or obtain easements for construction of sewer, pipelines or electric transmission lines.

If you own property that may be impacted by these transmission lines, contact the Ohio eminent domain attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List to discuss your rights and equitable compensation for right of way easements.