Original Action Alert as follows...
Rules to Take Land (Eminent Domain) for transmission lines -- BEFORE they have all necessary permits!
Electric utilities are about to get a free pass to take your land or your neighbors’ land in condemnation proceedings! The Oregon Public Utilities Commission (OPUC) is going to allow utilities to take your land before the utility has all the permits required to do so. The main reason: "it takes too long" according to the utilities.
READ this Letter to the Editor with more info.
Subject: AR 626 – Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
Talking Points: (mix & match; pick 1 or 2, and make a quick email or letter)
- Taking of Land through Eminent Domain must be the last resort--the last step in any development project.
- Oregonians should not be faced with extensive legal fees to defend their land and homes, when monopoly utilities have endless resources (often paid by rate-payers).
- Decisions must consider the economic burdens that will be forced on unwilling and (in many cases) unknowing persons.
- Decisions must consider environmental justice impacts to communities at risk, including: rural, minority, low-income, elderly.
- Decisions must consider cumulative impacts on communities, including but not limited to: economic development constraints such as negative effects on tourism, loss of tax revenue due to lower property values, and other health, safety and environmental impacts.
- Decisions must consider the degradation to a person, family and communities' quality of life -- forever altered.
- There is no valid reason to abandon or override existing regulations governing eminent domain. If so, this decision belongs in the legislature -- not in an agency's rulemaking authority!
Don’t Wait -- Take Action today!
An (awesome sample) Letter