Well I guess that would qualify as a few hundred thousand miles? }};-DIn truth moving oil, gas, electricity (from all sources including wind and solar) is going to mean accepting often generous offers or accepting a visit from the deputies. One guy after cashing the very generous cheque... er check the next morning started out on a bunch of court challenges representing himself that were clearly nonsense but time consuming. Any <was sure glad when the Nat gas pipeline came up our street> mouse http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-04/land-battles-rise-a...Land Battles Rise as U.S. Eyes 450,000 Miles of New Pipe By Mike Lee & Ken Wells - Feb 4, 2013 3:51 PM GMT-0400 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. ...Land owners increasingly are pit against private businesses in state legislatures and courts as the U.S. confronts the new transmission lines, pipelines and compressor stations needed to reduce oil imports and produce clean energy at home.......Transmission Corridors A 2011 study conducted for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that 17,000 to 22,000 miles of new transmission lines, plus the corridors to accommodate them, would be required for the eastern half of the U.S. alone if the nation were to provide 20 percent of its electricity with wind power by 2030. In the oil and gas industry, much more land will be needed as pipelines are built to connect growing production from shale fields to refineries and markets. ...Typically, pipeline companies negotiate 95 percent of right-of-way agreements, Santa said. About 5 percent require some type of court proceeding,... Private companies have had eminent domain power since at least the 1800s. ...In Texas, the biggest oil-and-gas producing state, legislators in 2011 required pipeline companies and other private entities to make a good faith offer before condemning private property, and provide landowners with copies of appraisals used to determine the value of the offer.
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