Town challenges power line deal

SUDBURY, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts town of Sudbury has gone to court to challenge a lease between the MBTA and Eversource that would allow the utility to bury a power line below an inactive rail corridor.

The MetroWest Daily News reports that the suit filed in Land Court argues the agreement is illegal because it violates a legal doctrine that prohibits the repurposing of public land acquired for a specific public use without the passage of special state legislation.

Eversource agreed to pay the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority $9.3 million over 20 years for use of the land, and fund up to $4 million worth of environmental cleanup.

Eversource is still seeking state approval for its proposed nine-mile, 115-kilovolt transmission line between Sudbury and Hudson.

Eversource and MBTA spokesmen declined comment on the suit.

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Information from: MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.), http://www.metrowestdailynews.com

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