Eastside neighbors sue over rail to power corridor



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Posted on May 2, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Updated Saturday, May 3 at 2:56 AM

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Seventy-four landowners along the Eastside Rail Corridor in Bellevue and Renton filed suit against King County, The Port of Seattle and Puget Sound Energy over plans for a possible power line.

The residents who live along a section of the line on the east side of Lake Washington said their property rights were violated when the Port of Seattle sold subsurface and aerial easement rights to Puget Sound Energy (PSE).

The suit alleges The Port and the County have no right to transfer rights on the trail for anything other than a bike and pedestrian trail. PSE acquired the rights for possible high tension power lines. A PSE spokesman said Friday the route is only one of 16 being considered for a new line needed to handle the rapidly growing population on the east side of Lake Washington.

The residents said a power line on the rail line which was transferred to the Port and King County in 2008, would violate their property rights and require the removal of hundreds of trees. PSE said it will spend the rest of this year getting public input on the possible routes before starting the permitting process next year.

Links to the PSE project and the lawsuit are below:

PSE Energize Eastside Project

US Federal Claims Court - Rails-to-trails lawsuit (PDF)

Kaseburg Complaint (PDF)