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05/14/2014

Wise County landowner battles Oncor over power lines

Texas Tribune has an interesting report on rancher Johnny Vinson's efforts to get Oncor Electric Delivery to move a new high-voltage line that he says wasn't built along the agreed-to route as it crosses his land in Wise County. He maintains that the 150-foot change left him with 11 acres stranded between two power line easements. Oncor said it discovered natural gas and water pipelines under the original planned route, which followed existing power lines. The report says utilities frequently adjust routes, but state regulations don't say how much the path can change and last month an administrative law judge ruled in the utility's favor.

The case is on the Public Utility Commission of Texas' agenda at its Friday meeting. A link to the Texas Tribune report is here. You can read all the parties' filings in the case on the PUC's InterChange site here.

-- Jim Fuquay

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