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Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Monday, February 27, 2012
Residents lose appeal to keep property in central Pa. coal town decimated by underground fire
Washington Post, DC (Associated Press) – Feb 25, 2012
Residents of a central Pennsylvania coal town decimated by a half-century-old mine fire have lost a state court appeal to try to prevent condemnation of their land, but the long-running case will continue in federal court...

Pennsylvania city pays big bucks to buy off businesses, clear way for arena – Feb 24, 2012
Often when a city starts talking about using eminent domain powers to seize private property, the owners of that property claim they're being cheated…

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Friday, February 24, 2012
Opinion – Amanda M. Olejarski: Eminent domain? It’s an imminent problem for Pennsylvania
Patriot-News, Harrisburg, PA – Feb 24, 2012
“Eminent domain” is probably the most- feared phrase that a property owner can hear — besides, of course, foreclosure. But what is eminent domain? It’s also known as a “taking” because eminent domain is the governmental power to take private property…

…Condemnees were among the one thousand or so residents whose properties, located in the Borough of Centralia, were condemned by the Commonwealth in 1993 due to dangers associated with a massive underground "mine fire" which began in 1962, and continued despire repeated and costly efforts to extinguish it...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Thursday, February 23, 2012
69 News Investigation: Did Allentown overpay for arena properties?
WFMZ-TV,  Allentown, PA – Feb 22, 2012
…City Council authorized Mayor Ed Pawlowski's administration to use eminent domain to seize the properties, but appraisers who worked directly on the project told 69 News there was a concern that landowners could challenge whether the project was truly a "public use."…

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Monday, February 20, 2012
Allentown arena evictees land on feet
The Morning Call, Allentown, PA – Feb 20, 2012
Many merchants who protested removal under hockey arena eminent domain are now thriving in new locations… The Lehigh Valley has finally gotten its own barber shop school in South Bethlehem...

Former opponents of Allentown hockey arena project doing just fine, thanks
Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, PA – Feb 20, 2012
… Merchants like Sam Hong, Patrice Sidoione and Paula Paredes begged City Council in May not to authorize the use of eminent domain to force them to abandon their stores so the city could build what has become a planned state-of-the-art $158 million sports and entertainment complex…

Pennsylvania House approves bill to help fight against blight
The Republican Herald, Pottsville, PA – Feb 18, 2012
The House-approved bill states specifically that a land bank won't have eminent domain powers to take land. The land bank can acquire property by purchasing it or through a municipal land transfer and can market, sell, transfer, exchange or lease property…

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Corbett signs 3 key energy-sector bills (AssociatedPress) – Feb 14, 2012
the bill would require municipalities to allow drilling in all zones, including residential, and require them to follow state spacing requirements. But it also would allow them to apply zoning standards on things like lighting, noise and structures that are used for other industrial activities. During debate on the bill last week, Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, called the provisions tantamount to "corporate eminent domain."…

Judges strike down Bear Creek Twp.’s taking of land for charter school
The Citizens’Voice, Wilkes-Barre, PA – Feb 14, 2012
Bear Creek Township can't take private property by eminent domain to expand the Bear Creek Community Charter School, Commonwealth Court judges said Monday…

Allentown Rite Aid proposal contested by neighbors is rejected for the second time
The Express-Times, Easton, PA – Feb 14, 2012
Allentown began the eminent domain process against that property shortly after the Allentown zoners rejected the Seventh Street proposal. Harkreader said Rite Aid has since reached a settlement with the city resolving the eminent domain filing. He declined to provide specifics…

Allentown zoning board again rejects Rite Aid plan for Seventh Street store
The Morning Call, Allentown, PA – Feb 13, 2012
…Allentown filed a condemnation against the Hamilton Street store citing eminent domain on Jan. 6, but Harkreader said Monday that a settlement was reached with the city. He declined to disclose any details...

Legislation introduced – Feb 12, 2012
…On February 7, Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced legislation (H.R. 3913) to amend the Natural Gas Act with respect to application of the right to exercise eminent domain in construction of pipelines for the exploration of natural gas…

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Wednesday, February 01, 2012
PPL begins major power line project
The Intelligencer,Levittown, PA – Feb 1, 2012
…Also, PPL has already reached financial settlements with dozens of homeowners directly impacted by the new power line route. Of the 42 homeowners, only six would not strike a deal. The utility giant has recently filed eminent domain cases against those six homeowners. PPL is not seeking to take land, but acquire an easement to allow the power line to cross over the property, noted Wirth…

Allentown mayor offers blight advice
The Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, PA – Feb 1, 2012
As for properties in disrepair or unsafe for habitation, Pawlowski suggested municipalities take them over through eminent domain. Most questions from attendees centered around the lack of money available to start a legal process and see it through to force out-of-town owners to comply with local code enforcement laws...

Business news in brief -- Pipeline firm irks landowners (Associated Press) – Feb 1, 2012
they relied on the pipeline company's assurances that it would minimize the use of eminent domain. Yet a few days after winning approval for its MARC 1 pipeline in the heart of the giant Marcellus Shale gas field, the company began condemnation proceedings against nearly half the landowners along the pipeline's route...

Landowners fight eminent domain in Pa. gas field
Wall Street Journal, NY (Association Press) – Jan 31,2012
The dispute could foreshadow eminent domain battles to come as more pipelines are approved and built to carry shale gas to market in states like Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio….

Landowners challenge Inergy subsidiary use of eminent domain
Kansas City Business Journal, MO – Jan 31, 2012
A subsidiary of Kansas City-based Inergy LP is involved in an eminent domain dispute regarding a 39-mile natural gas pipeline in northern Pennsylvania, the Watertown Daily Times reports...

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