One of the significant outgrowths of the current interest in "environmental" questions is the increasing prominence of aesthetics qua aesthetics as a subject for judicial and administrative concern. A major area of litigation, and one which has by its very nature lent itself to an analysis of the significance, and viability, of purely "aesthetic" issues, has involved high voltage transmission lines.
Alan P. Buchmann,
Electric Transmission Lines and the Environment,
21 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol21/iss2/14