www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c132+87?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZEminent domain sparks debate.372892013-02-06T21:35:25Z2013-02-06T21:35:25ZA bill that would roll back some of the eminent domain powers granted by the 2011 Montana Legislature was debated Tuesday in Helena before a packed house at the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee.Judge sides with MATL in condemnation.340632012-01-12T23:18:53Z2012-01-12T23:18:53ZSwandal's ruling says MATL has the right to use eminent domain, but the judge still must decide whether the power line is a "necessity" and a "public use." The court will hear oral arguments on those questions March 2 in Teton County.DOE inspector slams federal oversight of MATL powerline loan.335562011-11-08T21:27:45Z2011-11-08T21:27:45Z"The MATL experience to date raises questions about the sufficiency and effectiveness of internal controls that Western had in place," the report stated. "The stalled wind power transmission project is clearly at risk with the outcome uncertain. In the event of a project failure, Western and ultimately the U.S. taxpayer could bear a large financial burden."
Is a new Solyndra emerging?.336232011-11-08T19:41:49Z2011-11-08T19:41:49ZBut Friedman said that the project "raises questions about the sufficiency and effectiveness of internal controls" at Western Area Power Authority. "In the event of a project failure, Western and ultimately the U.S. taxpayer could bear a large financial burden," he wrote. Battle over Montana transmission line stymies wind development.328522011-08-24T17:20:37Z2011-08-24T17:20:37ZNorthWestern Energy's Mountain States Transmission Intertie would carry 1,500 megawatts, much of it wind power, from central Montana to Midpoint, Idaho.
But to do it, the 500-kilovolt line, known as MSTI, must cross a 430-mile mishmash of lands owned by residents, ranchers, farmers, counties, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Energy Department.
The proposal has stirred a fierce debate in the state.Conservation Concerns, Landowner Opposition Stifle Mont. Transmission Project.327562011-08-16T20:17:12Z2011-08-16T20:17:12ZLike many landowners in Montana, Stephens and Maurer said it would make a big difference if the MATL line was designed to deliver power to Montanans instead of being shipped elsewhere.
"It would make a hell of a difference," Maurer said. "The local people wouldn't treat you this way."
Lost in transmission; Montana's wind industry is getting blown away.327532011-08-11T11:26:23Z2011-08-11T11:26:23ZLast year, NorthWestern Energy launched an open-season process to identify potential buyers of energy sent along MSTI. It's had to extend the deadline due to a lack of interest. "There is confusion in the Western market," says Mike Cashell, NorthWestern's vice president of transmission. ...We're still confident and hopeful that the market can absorb generation from Montana."
Canada's Tonbidge needs $25 million to finish Montana power line.322842011-06-24T23:20:34Z2011-06-24T23:20:34ZWind developers in Montana are counting on the trans-border transmission line to build their projects, which would connect the electricity grids of the two countries at Great Falls and Lethbridge. The line's construction has been slowed by disputes with landowners and construction contractors.
Montana Supreme Court: New law trumps eminent domain case .321192011-06-08T10:12:51Z2011-06-08T10:12:51ZHertha Lund, a Bozeman attorney, said she thinks the question of the law's constitutionality and how it affects condemnation of the property should both be decided by Judge McKinnon.
"The fact that the Supreme Court remanded (the case) back to the District Court is a victory for Salois and the other landowners."
Stalled eminent domain bill threatens 214-mile power line.316872011-04-12T17:32:18Z2011-04-12T17:32:18ZSupporters of the bill are doubtful that there are enough votes in the 50-member Senate to blast the bill onto the floor, meaning the bill is probably dead unless supporters are able to muster enough votes to force a floor debate.
Eminent domain bill killed; power line work will stay halted.316782011-04-11T23:00:12Z2011-04-11T23:00:12ZA Senate panel this morning killed a high-profile bill designed to override a court decision on land condemnation that has stalled construction of a major power line for wind energy in northern Montana. ...The panel then voted to table the measure, likely killing it for the session.
Power line eminent domain bill tied up in Senate.314652011-03-22T13:57:52Z2011-03-22T13:57:52Z"In the end, the governor will decide if he wants this bill or not. ... It's not going to be a bargaining chip. This bill is going to live or die on its own."
Senate committee hears testimony on eminent domain bill.313442011-03-04T08:30:22Z2011-03-04T08:30:22Z"This is just a sweetheart deal for a Canadian company, and allows them to condemn Montana farmland for their own use - and that's just absolutely wrong," said Larry Martin, a farmer from Conrad who owns land in path of MATL.
Shifting winds: MSTI investment in peril? .311152011-02-13T08:15:38Z2011-02-13T08:15:38ZVincent questions whether the California decision will leave investors and developers reluctant to invest in new transmission.
"That puts a big question mark over whether it's worthy of the investment," he said. "Every article that I've read about it has essentially said in one way or the other that this is bad news for Washington, Oregon and Montana wind. It has got to almost change the paradigm."
Eminent domain bill passes committee.309052011-01-27T22:32:53Z2011-01-27T22:32:53ZThe bill is opposed by landowners in the path of the Montana Alberta Tie Line who argue that a private company from another country shouldn't have the authority to condemn land here.
The bill states that public utilities and companies that receive permits under the Major Facility Siting Act, such as MATL, can take private land for public use.
Foes pack hearing on eminent domain bill.307482011-01-13T03:23:22Z2011-01-13T03:23:22ZFarmers, ranchers and other rural property owners packed a hearing room Wednesday at the Capitol to oppose a bill that would grant eminent domain power to private transmission line developers.MATL spokesman says eminent domain ruling is wrong.305872010-12-17T15:16:45Z2010-12-17T15:16:45ZOfficials are confident work will proceed on the Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. electricity transmission line - both north and south of the border - despite a Montana court decision limiting right of entry to private lands.
Judge denies MATL use of eminent domain powers.303732010-12-14T16:09:58Z2010-12-14T16:09:58ZA district judge in Montana ruled Monday that a Canadian developer of a high-voltage power line has no authority to condemn private property for the project.
The decision, filed Monday, is a victory for landowners trying to limit the impact of the Montana Alberta Tie Line. It also could carry ramifications for other developers proposing transmission projects to meet demand from wind developers asking for additional shipping capacity.
MATL construction problems draw attention from DEQ.303272010-12-10T17:16:51Z2010-12-10T17:16:51ZExcessive rutting caused by vehicles, disturbance of a Native American archaeological site and placing poles too far from fence lines has occurred during construction of the Montana Alberta Tie Line, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality.
Jefferson County wants state to hire consultant in power line review.302822010-12-07T11:11:53Z2010-12-07T11:11:53ZJefferson County is asking the state to hire a consultant on its behalf as it reviews a controversial power line project. ...The requests come as the DEQ works to develop a draft environmental impact statement for NorthWestern Energy's controversial Mountain States Transmission Intertie, or MSTI, power line.