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HF 1182

3rd Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 04/29/2010 10:37am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 02/27/2009
1st Engrossment Posted on 02/18/2010
2nd Engrossment Posted on 03/08/2010
3rd Engrossment Posted on 04/29/2010
Unofficial Engrossments
1st Unofficial Engrossment Posted on 04/19/2010
2nd Unofficial Engrossment Posted on 04/27/2010

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A bill for an act
relating to eminent domain; clarifying use of eminent domain authority by public
service corporations; regulating the granting of route permits for high-voltage
transmission lines; requiring a report; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008,
sections 117.225; 216E.03, subdivision 7; Minnesota Statutes 2009 Supplement,
section 117.189.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2009 Supplement, section 117.189, is amended to read:


117.189 PUBLIC SERVICE CORPORATION EXCEPTIONS.

Sections 117.031; 117.036; 117.055, subdivision 2, paragraph (b); 117.186; 117.187;
117.188; and 117.52, subdivisions 1a and 4, do not apply to new text beginthe use of eminent domain
authority by
new text endpublic service corporationsnew text begin for any purpose other than construction or
expansion of:
new text end

new text begin (1) a high-voltage transmission line of 100 kilovolts or more, or ancillary
substations; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a natural gas, petroleum, or petroleum products pipeline, or ancillary compressor
stations or pumping stations
new text end.

For purposes of an award of appraisal fees under section 117.085, the fees awarded
may not exceed $1,500 for all types of property except for a public service corporation's
use of eminent domain for a high-voltage transmission line, where the award may not
exceed $3,000.

new text begin For purposes of this section, "pipeline" does not include a natural gas distribution
line transporting gas to an end user.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to eminent domain proceedings or actions commenced on or after that date.
"Commenced" means when service of notice of the petition under Minnesota Statutes,
section 117.055, is made.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 117.225, is amended to read:


117.225 EASEMENT DISCHARGE.

Whenever claiming that an easement acquired by condemnation is not being used for
the purposes for which it was acquired, the underlying fee owner may apply to the district
court of the county in which the land is situated for an order discharging the easement,
upon such terms as are just and equitable. Due notice of said application shall be given
to all interested parties. Provided, however, this section shall not apply to easements
acquired by condemnation by a public service corporation now or hereafter doing business
in the state of Minnesotanew text begin for any purpose other than construction or expansion of:
new text end

new text begin (1) a high-voltage transmission line of 100 kilovolts or more, including ancillary
substations; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a natural gas, petroleum, or petroleum products pipeline, including ancillary
compressor stations or pumping stations.
new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, "pipeline" does not include a natural gas distribution
line transporting gas to an end user
new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to eminent domain proceedings or actions commenced on or after that date.
"Commenced" means when service of notice of the petition under Minnesota Statutes,
section 117.055, is made.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 216E.03, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Considerations in designating sites and routes.

(a) The commission's
site and route permit determinations must be guided by the state's goals to conserve
resources, minimize environmental impacts, minimize human settlement and other land
use conflicts, and ensure the state's electric energy security through efficient, cost-effective
power supply and electric transmission infrastructure.

(b) To facilitate the study, research, evaluation, and designation of sites and routes,
the commission shall be guided by, but not limited to, the following considerations:

(1) evaluation of research and investigations relating to the effects on land, water
and air resources of large electric power generating plants and high-voltage transmission
lines and the effects of water and air discharges and electric and magnetic fields resulting
from such facilities on public health and welfare, vegetation, animals, materials and
aesthetic values, including baseline studies, predictive modeling, and evaluation of new or
improved methods for minimizing adverse impacts of water and air discharges and other
matters pertaining to the effects of power plants on the water and air environment;

(2) environmental evaluation of sites and routes proposed for future development and
expansion and their relationship to the land, water, air and human resources of the state;

(3) evaluation of the effects of new electric power generation and transmission
technologies and systems related to power plants designed to minimize adverse
environmental effects;

(4) evaluation of the potential for beneficial uses of waste energy from proposed
large electric power generating plants;

(5) analysis of the direct and indirect economic impact of proposed sites and routes
including, but not limited to, productive agricultural land lost or impaired;

(6) evaluation of adverse direct and indirect environmental effects that cannot be
avoided should the proposed site and route be accepted;

(7) evaluation of alternatives to the applicant's proposed site or route proposed
pursuant to subdivisions 1 and 2;

(8) evaluation of potential routes that would use or parallel existing railroad and
highway rights-of-way;

(9) evaluation of governmental survey lines and other natural division lines of
agricultural land so as to minimize interference with agricultural operations;

(10) evaluation of the future needs for additional high-voltage transmission lines
in the same general area as any proposed route, and the advisability of ordering the
construction of structures capable of expansion in transmission capacity through multiple
circuiting or design modifications;

(11) evaluation of irreversible and irretrievable commitments of resources should the
proposed site or route be approved; and

(12) when appropriate, consideration of problems raised by other state and federal
agencies and local entities.

(c) If the commission's rules are substantially similar to existing regulations of a
federal agency to which the utility in the state is subject, the federal regulations must
be applied by the commission.

(d) No site or route shall be designated which violates state agency rules.

new text begin (e) The commission must make specific findings that it has considered locating a
route for a high-voltage transmission line on an existing high-voltage transmission route
and the use of parallel existing highway right-of-way and, to the extent those are not used
for the route, the commission must state the reasons.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to route applications filed on and after that date.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginTRANSMISSION LINE ROUTING.
new text end

new text begin (a) The Public Utilities Commission and the commissioner of transportation must
cooperate to implement the policy in Minnesota Statutes, section 216E.03, subdivision 7,
paragraph (e).
new text end

new text begin (b) The commission must report any statutory amendments required for the
implementation of Minnesota Statutes, section 216E.03, subdivision 7, paragraph (e)
to the chairs and ranking minority members of the energy and transportation policy
committees of the legislature by January 15, 2011.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end