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Additional powers of certain public utility corporations. (a) General rule.--A public utility corporation shall, in addition to any other power of eminent domain conferred by any other statute, have the right to take, occupy and condemn property for one or more of the following principal purposes and ancillary purposes reasonably necessary or appropriate for the accomplishment of the principal purposes: (1) The transportation of passengers or property or both as a common carrier by means of elevated street railway, ferry, inclined plane railway, railroad, street railway or underground street railway, trackless-trolley omnibus or by any combination of such means. (2) The transportation of artificial or natural gas, electricity, petroleum or petroleum products or water or any combination of such substances for the public. (3) The production, generation, manufacture, transmission, storage, distribution or furnishing of natural or artificial gas, electricity, steam, air conditioning or refrigerating service or any combination thereof to or for the public. (4) The diverting, developing, pumping, impounding, distributing or furnishing of water from either surface or subsurface sources to or for the public. (5) The collection, treatment or disposal of sewage for the public. (6) The conveyance or transmission of messages or communications by telephone or telegraph for the public. (7) The diverting, pumping or impounding of water for the development or furnishing of hydroelectric power to or for the public. (8) The transportation of oxygen or nitrogen, or both, by pipeline or conduit for the public. (b) Restrictions.--The powers conferred by subsection (a) shall not be exercised: (1) To condemn for the purpose of constructing any street railway, trackless-trolley omnibus, petroleum or petroleum products transportation or aerial electric transmission, aerial telephone or aerial telegraph lines: (i) Any dwelling house or, except in the case of any condemnation for petroleum or petroleum products transportation lines, any part of the reasonable curtilage of a dwelling house within 100 meters therefrom and not within the limits of any street, highway, water or other public way or place. (ii) Any place of public worship or burying ground. (2) To condemn any place of public worship or burying ground for the purpose of constructing any elevated street railway, sewer or underground street railway line. (c) Public Utility Commission approval.--The powers conferred by subsection (a) may be exercised to condemn property outside the limits of any street, highway, water or other public way or place for the purpose of erecting poles or running wires or other aerial electric, intrastate aerial telephone or intrastate aerial telegraph facilities only after the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, upon application of the public utility corporation, has found and determined, after notice and opportunity for hearing, that the service to be furnished by the corporation through the exercise of those powers is necessary or proper for the service, accommodation, convenience or safety of the public.
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