Transource filed petitions in Pennsylvania and Maryland courts asking the court to order landowners along its proposed route to permit entry for "surveying," including "geotechnical surveys (including soundings and drillings for testing soil and bedrock)," and "civil surveys (including trimming or cutting vegetation necessary for survey purposes)." That's right, in addition to all the other things it wants to do to private property, Transource wants to clear cut your trees and bring large equipment across your place so that it may drill into your bedrock. And guess what you're going to get for this intrusion? A promise that Transource will give you money to repair the damage they do. You believe them, don't you?
I couldn't think of a more certain way to demonstrate to landowners how little they matter and how much this company disrespects them than this statement in a court filing:
Defendants will suffer no damage as a consequence of granting immediate possession, because any damage to the land will be remedied by the payment of money, per the statute.
Transource spokespuppet Abby Foster tried to pretend it's just a few landowners holding up progress:
Transource appreciates that many landowners have granted them access to conduct surveys, Foster said.
"Transource and its representatives are committed to treating landowners and their properties with respect," Foster said. "While reaching a voluntary agreement with property owners is a high priority, it is imperative for Transource to continue through the phases of the project as the company seeks regulatory approvals. The approval of this filing will allow Transource to proceed with field work for those landowners who have not yet granted the company access.”
It is not "imperative" for Transource to continue through the phases of its project before it has been determined needed by the state utility commissions. Just because Transource and PJM signed an agreement setting pretty impossible deadlines is not reason enough to trespass upon private property, damage it, and then take away any due process for landowners to object.
Transource PA will not be able to begin construction in time to allow the Project to be completed to meet the in-service date set by PJM. If Transource PA misses the PJM-mandated in-service date, the public will suffer irreparable harm in the form of continued electric gridlock, and delay or ultimate failure of the project. Furthermore, Transource P A will suffer irreparable harm as Transource Energy has invested considerable time and money in attempting to obtain access rights to the route.
In fact, Transource PA has invested more than $6.0 million to date in siting, design and engineering. The foregoing harms would also result if Transource PA's access is obstructed by Landowners, or other unauthorized and untrained third parties who are present on the Property in the vicinity of the work corridor at the invitation of Landowners
And as far as your whining about how much money you've "invested?" You act like this is your own money, Transource, and if you don't complete the project you'll lose your "investment." That's absolutely not true! Transource is guaranteed to recover its prudent "investment" in the project, plus 10.4% interest, even if the project is cancelled. If the project is delayed and/or cancelled, Transource won't be harmed at all. Transource will be made whole (plus 10.4% for its trouble) by electric ratepayers across the PJM region. No harm to Transource.
But you know what's most galling of all? Transource's attempt to prevent due process for affected landowners in Maryland.
Accordingly, this Court may issue an Order, granting this petition and authorizing Transource MD to enter onto the Subject Property to conduct surveys, and obtain information in connection with the acquisition and project, without the need for a hearing prior to the issuance of the Order.
This just can't happen.
This is a train wreck waiting to happen. You can't bully your way onto private property with the intention of destroying it just because you *want* to build something on it, maybe, later on, if you get actual permission. Seems to me that cutting vegetation and drilling ARE construction. Construction without a permit.
Tick tock, Transource!