In Oklahoma any private person or corporate interest can seek to initiate an eminent domain action. While utilities and mass transit are more likely to seek these powers to remove others; our state statutes allow anyone to make a case for why it is an essential improvement in the public interest of the whole. This doesn’t mean any petition will be granted, but it does mean everyone is supposed to be on a ‘level playing field’.
§27-6. Private person or corporation - Eminent domain by.
Any private person, firm or corporation shall have power to exercise the right of eminent domain in like manner as railroad companies for private ways of necessity or for agriculture, mining and sanitary purposes.
R.L. 1910, § 3189.
The provisions of this act shall be applicable to the acquisition of real property under the laws of this state for public use in any project or program in which federal, state or local funds are used.
Laws 1971, c. 355, § 1, eff. July 1, 1972.
§27-10. Reimbursement of owner for expenses after acquisition.
Any person, agency or other entity acquiring real property for public use under the laws of this state shall, as soon as practicable after the date of payment of the purchase price or the date of deposit into court of funds to satisfy the award of compensation in a condemnation proceeding to acquire real property, whichever is the earlier, reimburse the owner for expenses he necessarily incurred…