Rancher's Complaint May Spur New Power Line Rules

A North Texas rancher’s protest of a power line that splits his land — one he says was built in the wrong place – could prompt new rules addressing when a transmission company can tweak a line’s route after it is approved.

Calling it “a potentially big issue,” Public Utility Commissioner Ken Anderson Jr. suggested Friday that the commission contemplate new rules defining an “engineering constraint” in a route — a condition that typically allows transmission companies to change a route without further input from the state or landowners.

Regulations do not currently define the term, and that has spurred confusion ...

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