NYRI: We need eminent domain

NORWICH – The president of New York Regional Interconnect says the company may abandon its $1.6 billion power line project unless the state rules it has the right to take private property using eminent domain, according to documents obtained Friday by The Evening Sun.



NYRI representatives did say it is a possibility the company could seek eminent domain rights from the federal government now that New York state is part of a “National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor.”

According to a U.S. District Court affidavit filed in October, Chris Thompson, president of NYRI, claims the Canadian-backed firm can’t afford to build the line without the authority to condemn private property.

“It is not technically or economically feasible to complete the project without the right to obtain property rights through eminent domain,” he said.


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