Superior Court OKs upgrades to Duquesne Light power lines

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State Superior Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that the Long Vue Club in Penn Hills can't stop Duquesne Light from upgrading transmission lines that run through the country club's property.

At issue is whether a 1949 easement agreement between the club and the utility company should prohibit the upgrade, which would involve building an access road and replacing existing 80-foot-tall, H-frame poles with 150-foot-tall monopoles.

The club claims the work wasn't authorized as part of the original easement and would ruin the view that makes it a desirable location for wedding receptions and other events.

Duquesne Light filed for an injunction in March to permit the work.

Superior Court upheld a Common Pleas Court decision in June to allow the utility to upgrade a 7.8-mile stretch of transmission lines from the Highland substation in East Liberty to Logans Ferry substation in Plum. The upgrade would increase its capacity from 69,000 volts to 345,000 volts.

The Longue Vue Club board will meet to review the Superior Court's ruling and decide whether to appeal within 30 days, said member Tom Benic.



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