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Tonbridge seeks to condemn 33 more properties

Published on July 15, 2011 3:01AM

Last changed on July 15, 2011 6:19AM

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- Tonbridge Power Inc. has filed condemnation complaints against 33 more land owners whose properties lie along the route of the company's stalled power transmission line.

The developer of the Montana Alberta Tie Line is now seeking to condemn the properties of at least 45 landowners after state lawmakers granted the company the power of eminent domain earlier this year.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that the new complaints were filed July 6.

Condemning the properties would allow the company to secure about 20 miles of right-of-way to construct the 215-mile power line.

MATL spokesman Darryl James said the company decided to file the condemnation complaints after unsuccessful negotiations with the landowners.

Lee Otness, one of the landowners, says the company never made a meaningful offer in five years of negotiations.

Copyright 2011 The AP.


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