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Transource: Independence Energy Connection Project

The Independence Energy Connection (IEC) project by Transource is a proposed electric utility project that will be affecting south central Pennsylvania and north central Maryland. The project was first announced back in June of 2017 and will entail the installation of new overhead electric transmission lines, new electric substations, and increased connectivity to preexisting lines and substations.1  The proposed lines will be around 45 miles long and are divided into two different sections. The western section will be around 25 miles long and will start in Franklin County, Pennsylvania and run southward towards Maryland into Washington County. The eastern section will be around 15 miles long and will start in York County, Pennsylvania and will move south west into Harford County, Maryland.2 

Can PennDOT or the Turnpike Commission take private land for a road or highway project?

Generally yes provided all of the legal requirements are met; however, a property owner still has the right to protect his or her property interests. Sometimes a project will involve PennDOT or the Turnpike Commission seeking an easement or right of way across a piece of property. Other times, it may involve the change of ownership of some or all of a piece of property. There are times when the taking will require a relocation of the property owner, but many times it does not. The type and extent of a taking depends on many factors such as the type and scope of the project and the location of the affected property in relation to the project. Determining the type and scope of a taking is an important first step in protecting a property owner's property interests.

Lavery Law Attorneys Present at PBI

On February 17, 2016, Lavery Law attorneys Sunshine J. Thomas and Peter J. Carfley presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute ("PBI") Eminent Domain Seminar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Additionally, Sunshine and Peter also presented at the same seminar in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on February 24, 2016. The conference was entitled "The Legal Issues Surrounding Pipeline and Right-of-Way Agreements in the Marcellus Shale Region" with Sunshine and Peter presenting the section on "The Legal Issues Surrounding Pipeline and Right-Of-Way Agreements in the Marcellus Shale Region". Sunshine spoke about the eminent domain condemnation process, the steps that a pipeline company must follow in order to initiate the process, and the defenses available to property owners. Pete spoke about valuation and the Board of View process.

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