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Minnesota Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-MN)

In Minnesota, a bulk transmission developer must obtain a Utility Crossing Licensing from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to construct transmission lines across state land. A developer may also need to obtain a Utility Accommodation Permit from the Minnesota Department of Transportation in order to construct utility lines in a state highway right-of-way.

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Minnesota Federal

Right of Way Agency: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
State Land Right of Way Process: A developer must obtain a Utility Crossing License from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in order to construct a utility project over, under, or across any state lands or public waters. Minn. Stat. § 84.415, Minn. Admin. Rules § 6135.
State Highway Right of Way Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation
State Highway Right of Way Process: A developer must obtain a Utility Accommodation Permit to construct transmission lines in a trunk highway right-of-way. Minn. Stat. § 161, Minn. Admin. Code § 8810.
Eminent Domain: Utilities have eminent domain power, when necessary, to take private property for the construction of a route for a high-voltage transmission line with the capacity of 200 kilovolts or more. Minn. Stat. § 216E.12.

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