A lone woman is taking on energy giant Olympic Pipeline, saying the company is shredding her rights by mowing down her land.
Sarah Spence owns 40 acres of woods through which an Olympic oil pipeline runs. Olympic has a 25 foot easement on Spence's land so inspectors can keep an eye on the line.
In 2008, however, Spence says the company cut back hundreds of her trees, an additional 24,000 square feet of her land.
Today, more than 4 years since the problem started, Spence gets her day in court. She is suing Olympic pipeline for replacement of her trees.
"To me, it's pretty simple," she says. "At issue is whether a pipeline company must pay the actual replacement costs for damage they cause outside their easement, or whether they'll be allowed to continue to determine if, when, and how much they pay unilaterally."
In a KING 5 story from 2009, an Olympic Pipeline spokesman apologized for cutting the trees down.
The trial is expected to last through the end of the week.