Transmission Developers Must “Buy the Farm” in Minnesota

Carol Overland reports that the MN Supreme Court ruled today that a state law is constitutional that allows land owners to force transmission developers to buy their entire property in condemnation cases, instead of just purchasing a right of way.

Power companies behind the massive CapX 2020 transmission project have been fighting the 79 land owners who had invoked the state’s “buy the farm” law when the developers tried to seize rights of way using MN’s eminent domain procedures.

The state Supreme Court ruling supports the farmers and deals a serious blow to the power companies.

Carol’s blog post has a link to the Court’s decision.  Congratulations Minnesotans!

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