Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:45 AM
xchrom (108,903 posts)
Land Battles Rise as U.S. Eyes 450,000 Miles of New Pipe
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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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 04:11 PM
Thav (862 posts)
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?