(07/21/2009)
Power company officials are trying to get early access with landowners, the practice is reportedly in direct violation of a Code of Conduct related to the companies proposed gigantic PATH electric transmission line.

The line is slated to cross several West Virginia counties, including Calhoun, Roane and Braxton.

A land owner in Upshur County was approached by a power company surveyor named Paul Kelly about coming on his land to survey for PATH.

Bill Howley, who is among the leaders opposing construction, said "We need to protect land owners starting now against this kind of intrusion."

Power company employees have no right to enter anyone's land without permission.

No land owner has to let anyone from a power company on his or her land unless the land owner has signed a right-of-way agreement with the power companies.

"If you don't want them on your land, just say no. They don't even have a certificate of need from the Public Service Commission yet, so there is no threat of eminent domain," said Howley.

Land owners should consult an attorney with experience in right-of-way and real estate negotiation.

See calhounpowerline.wordpress.com

Link to code of conduct


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