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LAIRD v. PENNSYLVANIA PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION. (06/11/57)

June 11, 1957

LAIRD, APPELLANT,
v.
PENNSYLVANIA PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION.



Appeal No. 107, Oct. T., 1957, from order of Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Oct. 29, 1956, Application Docket No. 83308, in case of William Winder Laird v. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and Philadelphia Electric Company. Order affirmed.

COUNSEL

Dallett Hemphill, with him M. Carton Dittmann, Jr., for appellant.

Howard L. Criden, Assistant Counsel, with him Thomas M. Kerrigan, Acting Counsel, for Public Utility Commission, appellee.

Samuel Graff Miller, with him Henry Paul Sullivan, and Vincent P. McDevitt, General Counsel, for utility company, intervening appellee.

Before Hirt, Wright, Woodside, Ervin, and Watkins, JJ. (rhodes, P.j., and Gunther, J., absent).

Author: Wright

[ 183 Pa. Super. Page 458]

OPINION BY WRIGHT, J.

This is the latest of several appeals arising from the proposed erection in Chester and Delaware Counties

[ 183 Pa. Super. Page 459]

    of a high power transmission line by the Philadelphia Electric Company. The total cost of construction will be approximately $1,500,000.00. The line will carry a 220,000 volt electric transmission system on steel towers from a substation in Lower Chichester Township, Delaware County, to a substation in East Bradford Township, Chester County, a distance of 19.5 miles. It will be interconnected with lines of the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company and the Public Service Electric and Gas Company. The proposed line will permit the transmission of large blocks of power into the Chester-Marcus Hook area, a heavily industrialized section. The line presently serving this area follows a circuitous course, tapped at several substations enroute. Its capacity of 66,000 volts is inadequate to meet the constantly increasing industrial load to be accommodated, and cannot be used as a direct connection for high capacity bulk power transmission.

Beginning in 1951, the Company began studies of the area between the Chichester and Bradford substations in order to determine the best route for the proposed line, giving consideration to the terrain, location of dwellings and other improvements, and other utility rights-of-way. Having preliminarily selected a route, the representatives of the Company met with groups of individuals and associations to discuss the general problem in an effort to develop a route which would be the most reasonable and acceptable to the property owners affected. The right-of-way as finally laid out and surveyed by the Company will cross a tract of land in East Bradford Township owned by William Winder Laird. The plot to be taken will be 150 feet in width, plus the right to trim trees for 50 feet on each side, with a center line length of 847 feet, containing in all 2.92 acres. The total area of the entire Laird farm is 233.86 acres. The proposed line will

[ 183 Pa. Super. Page 460]

    traverse cultivated land in the extreme ...


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