Lessons from the trenches: Burying the lines is tough

July 31, 2002 Published Work
InfraStructure (American Bar Association), Volume 41, Number 3, Spring 2002

Before a company may site and construct a generating unit, transmission line or substation, it must comply with procedures established by overlapping elaborate regulatory schemes. It is natural to assume that after following the letter of the law (perhaps over a period of years) and proving that the project's economic benefits outweigh its environmental impacts to the satisfaction of all the governmental agencies having jurisdiction, the company may simply start digging. Think again.