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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:45 AM

Land Battles Rise as U.S. Eyes 450,000 Miles of New Pipe

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-04/land-battles-rise-as-u-s-eyes-450-000-miles-of-new-pipe.html

When a power company tried to run cables over land owned by Larry Salois’s mother near Cut Bank, Montana, the native American fought the $400 million project.

He lost when the state passed a law forcing him to sell a right-of-way. Typical of U.S. property battles sparked by the quest for energy security, Tonbridge Power Inc. said it needed the most direct path for its electric line to wind farms, even though it would run across land holding a historical icon.

“They were going to put it right through the middle of a teepee ring,” said his attorney, Hertha Lund of Bozeman. The cluster of stones marked a foundation for ancient settlements left behind by the Plains and other Indians. They’re an irreplaceable cultural heritage to many native Americans.

With the gas industry estimating that 450,000 miles of pipelines need to be built in the next 25 years, a distance to the moon and almost back to earth, conflicts will multiply over eminent domain, or the legal power to condemn private property.

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Reply Land Battles Rise as U.S. Eyes 450,000 Miles of New Pipe (Original post)
xchrom Feb 2013 OP
newfie11 Feb 2013 #1
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #2
wtmusic Feb 2013 #3
Thav Feb 2013 #4
dbackjon Feb 2013 #6
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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:58 AM

1. It never stops

They will not be happy until the entire world is destroyed.

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Response to newfie11 (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:52 AM

2. Which is why "mining Mars" has become the new goal.

Mars and moon have lots of "resources"....been seeing that in the press the last year.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:54 AM

3. Renewables advocates, take note.

Footprint matters, and that for both wind and solar is huge.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:11 PM

4. I'd love to see more rooftop solar

and solar canopies over parking lots - the footprint is already taken, and most of the time grid connections already exist. Why not utilize what has already been paved over?

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Response to Thav (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:16 PM

6. Agreed - give us shade to park in, generate electricity

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:16 PM

5. Yup - best places for wind are not near the users

Countless square miles of land convered in solar panels

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