They also argue others are being offered buyouts that are far below current values for farmland in the area.
Linda Smashnuk, who for 40 years has lived with her husband Layne on an 11 hectare land parcel in the area in question, has reportedly stated she and her neighbours do not feel they have been treated fairly. The story also attributes to her a statement that nine families in the area have talked to a lawyer about a possible class action lawsuit but going to court is only a last resort.
Meantime, Hydro Transmission Group Vice President Bruce Barrett claims the project is going ahead, but only after lengthy public consultation. He adds Hydro makes offers based on professional appraisals, and strives to get to a deal that works for both sides.
That noted, he says deals have already been struck for the right of way on 75 of the 101 private land parcels on the route. He also says, “As is usual, with a long project like this, you will find that a few property owners either have different views than we do or feel that what they’re being offered is unfair, but we believe that we are being very fair and transparent.”
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