PSO Sues Railroad to Force Sale of Land in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Public Service Company of Oklahoma has filed an eminent domain lawsuit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in an effort to force the railroad to sell property in Tulsa to the electric utility.
PSO says the half-acre plot in the northwestern area of downtown Tulsa is needed for an electric substation to meet future electricity demands of the area. The utility says it's contacted BNSF in an effort to buy the land, but BNSF has refused to sell.
The Journal Record reports that the lawsuit says PSO is exercising its right of eminent domain in order to purchase the property for a public purpose.
BNSF spokesman Joe Faust says BNSF is evaluating the safety and operational aspects of having a large electrical substation near its operation.