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rlp
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Shreveport
Member since Sep 2005
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Pipeline Easement
Anyone have a recommendation for an attorney to help negotiate gas pipeline easement in east TX? Neighbors and I have been contacted by a company with a verbal offer of $600/rod which sounds pretty good, but want to make sure we have everything reviewed and get the “fine print” reviewed.


cwill
Member since Jan 2005
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re: Pipeline Easement
That's a good price at about $36/ft...you could push for $40/ft or $660/rod.


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CharleyLake
Member since Oct 2006
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That price per rod seems woefully inadequate but I am in Calcasieu Parish. The price per rod is only a small part of a Right-of-Way and Servitude agreement. The "fine print" was written by an attorney for the benefit of the pipeline company, not you, however it is quite negotiable.

Would such easement negatively impact the property?

Have you been contacted by an attorney or a land man? Were you provided with FERC information?

I do know of a successful attorney in Houston that represents landowners. I doubt you will need him unless you have little interest in learning about your rights as a landowner.

Feel free to ask any questions and I will reply.


Bard
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re: Pipeline Easement
I can't remember what we got per rod 15-20 years but we had a family friend who was in O&G (has since passed away) advising us. He said to make sure the agreement stipulated just the one pipeline, otherwise companies can come back and put other lines down in the easement without compensating you (each new line should be an increased compensation).

This was in North La so that may be a given in Texas.
This post was edited on 6/10 at 4:17 pm


rlp
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Shreveport
Member since Sep 2005
579 posts

re: Pipeline Easement
quote:

The "fine print" was written by an attorney for the benefit of the pipeline company, not you, however it is quite negotiable.


We’ve not received anything in writing yet, only some very brief and basic verbal discussion. But when we do, I want to have it reviewed/negotiated by an attorney well versed in this process. Would like to get the info of your contact in Houston. As mentioned in this thread and from things I’ve read, there’s lots of components to this type deal and I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot!


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jfw3535
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South of Bunkie
Member since Mar 2008
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re: Pipeline Easement
As the others have said, the devil is in the details. You want a knowledgeable attorney to review and (probably) highly edit their right of way agreement. It will definitely favor them and there are numerous landowner friendly provisions you should insist on being there.

Most peopel think the pipeline company has the upperhand in the negotiations, but that's not true. Once they have mapped out their right of way, they can't really change where it goes, so if they have it going through your propperty, it's not a simple task for them to reroute and go a different location. They will generally give in on the terms of the document in order to reach an agreement.


Bill Parker?
Member since Jan 2013
3792 posts

re: Pipeline Easement
If you're in it for the money, tell them to kick sand. Every time they reach out to you.

The real money is made when it goes to eminent domain court. Lawyers will open the pocket books a few days before the case goes to trial.


CharleyLake
Member since Oct 2006
1025 posts

re: Pipeline Easement
Good example.

You want single line. You define the ROW as "the width of the pipe plus its coating."


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CharleyLake
Member since Oct 2006
1025 posts

re: Pipeline Easement
Discontinue discussions until you are presented evidence of FERC approval for the project.


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CharleyLake
Member since Oct 2006
1025 posts

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Agree.

The Texas Farm Bureau is pushing for property rights and landowners are frustrated with the absence of eminent domain reforms.

We are not even certain if Rip's pipeline company qualifies for condemnation procedures, do we?


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