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Oklahoma Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-OK)

In Oklahoma, a bulk transmission developer may need a State Land Easement from the Commissioners of the Land Office to access state lands. OK. Const. art. VI-32. A developer may also need a Utility Permit from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for any project that uses a state highway right-of-way. Ok. Stat. Ann. §69-1401.

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Oklahoma Federal

State Land Right-of-Way: Public utilities may need a State Land Easement to access state land. Ok. Admin. Code. §385:25-1-38.
State Land Right-of-Way Agency: Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office
State Highway Right-of-Way: Public utilities may need a Utility Permit for any project that uses a state highway right-of-way. A public utility is a company that has received authorization to operate as a utility in the State of Oklahoma. A public utility is defined as “…a person, corporation, association, limited liability company, or partnership, company or any other form of entity organized and existing or domesticated under the laws of this state, and whose users lie within the State of Oklahoma.” Ok. Stat. Ann. §69-1401. Ok. Stat. Ann. §69-1401.
State Highway Right-of-Way Agency: Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Eminent Domain: "... any person, firm or corporation organized under the laws of this state, or authorized to do business in this state, to furnish light, heat or power by electricity…or any other person, association or firm engaged in furnishing light, heat or power by electricity…must have and exercise the right of eminent domain…." Ok. Stat. Ann. §27-7.