Without state approval, K Morgan has no case
To the editor:
My understanding is that eminent domain is the power of government (and sometimes corporations) to take private property for public use upon the payment of just compensation. I am not familiar with any cases of corporations being able to exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire publicly owned lands or rights in publicly owned lands.
In the case of Otis State Forest, the lands are not only publicly owned but have already been dedicated to conservation, a public purpose. Absent the consent of the legislature, it appears doubtful that Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. or Kinder Morgan have any right to proceed with tree cutting or acquiring other rights in that land.
Robert E. Turtz, Lee