§54-1-3. Entry on lands.
Any incorporated company or body politic, invested with the
power of eminent domain under this chapter, by its officers,
servants and agents may enter upon lands for the purpose of
examining the same, surveying and laying out the lands, ways and
easements which it desires to appropriate, provided no injury be
done to the owner or possessor of the land; but no company or body
politic, under the authority of this section, shall throw open
fences or inclosures on any land, or construct its works through or
upon the same, or in anywise injure the property of the owner or
possessor, without his consent, until it shall have obtained the
right so to do in the manner provided in this chapter.