A Deschutes County landowner has filed suit against Central Electric Cooperative and a neighboring landowner, alleging she was misled about the purpose of a power line easement across her property.
Virginia Sanders, in a complaint filed Jan. 24 in Deschutes County Circuit Court, states she was told the power line would provide electricity to a machine shop. Instead, the power is meant for a proposed indoor marijuana farm near Smith Rock. Sanders wants the easement vacated, the power line torn down and a judgment of $10,000.
In addition to the power company, landowner Curt Rogers and a holding company, Lee Property Management LLC, the suit also names as a defendant the previous landowner, Randy Shoaff.
“Defendants assert that they have a right to utilize that power line for purposes not consented to by the plaintiff (Sanders),” according to the complaint, filed by Edward Fitch of Fitch Law Group, Redmond. “This would include a marijuana operation, which is illegal under federal law.”
Sanders, 87, on Tuesday said the power line provided electricity to