With ATV-riding surveyors on the horizon, Domina Law Group’s clients
have only begun their fight to stop the Nebraska Public Power District
from encroaching on their ranch in the Sandhills.
Citing Nebraska Revised Statute § 76-702, surveyors from the Nebraska
Public Power District (NPPD) have begun plans for their $361 million transmission
line project, which would cross Nebraska’s fragile Sandhills region.
Also in the proposed path – Brush Creek Ranch, owned by Dan and
Barbara Welch. The Welch’s, represented by Domina Law Group, recently
filed a suit in Thomas County District Court that asserts § 76-702
is unconstitutional, and the NPPD has no right to enter their ranch land.
Brush Creek Ranch is nearly 30 years old. As part of the Sandhills region,
the Welch’s know how intolerant the ecology is there to change.
Not only is the soil easily disrupted, but many endangered species have
also made the Sandhills their home. The importance of maintaining this
area is not lost on the Welch’s, who have opted to use horses to
care for their ranch in lieu of the typical four-wheeler. And if you’re
ever interested in going back in time, visit to the Sandhills.
“There are very few places you can go that look the same as they
did 100 years ago,” commented Barbara Welch. “God has created
something so unique, and we have to take care of it.”
The Welch’s, who aren’t the only landowners to oppose the NPPD’s
latest project, met with surveyors near their property on April 13. In
their lawsuit, they claim the NPPD agreed not to enter their property
without first getting the court’s permission, so after the meeting,
they locked their gates. It was the next day that the Welch’s got
a call from the county attorney who explained they had locked surveyors
from the NPPD onto their property, and they needed to bet let out. After
this incident, the Welch’s wasted no time contacting Omaha attorney
Less than a week later, Domina filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Welch’s
in Thomas County District Court. The NPPD has so far declined to comment
on the suit, but maintains its stance that the NPPD’s conduct thus
far has been lawful.
To read about the recent coverage of this case in the Lincoln Journal Star, visit
Landowners sue over Sandhills transmission line.