Representing the legal rights of Oregon landowners affected by the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline
The Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline1 is a proposed project that would involve the building of a 232-mile pipeline from Malin, Oregon to Coos Bay. The project, proposed by Williams, would affect landowners in the Oregon counties of Klamath, Jackson, Douglas, and Coos. According to the company, the 36-inch pipeline would deliver 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the Jordan Cove LNG terminal, where it would be liquefied and then transported to overseas markets.
In order to make this project a reality, Williams will seek a permanent easement from landowners whose property may be along the pipeline’s proposed route. An easement involves a limited right for a person or party other than the landowner to use the land for a specific purpose. In the case of a natural gas pipeline, an easement may allow a company to install a pipeline underground, access to part of the land to service that pipeline, or the installation of above-ground equipment related to the pipeline. Importantly, landowners are entitled to compensation for the use of their land and should take steps to ensure that their legal rights are protected.
How can a Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline lawyer help me?
Williams plans to evaluate each easement it seeks in order to determine the compensation it will offer to landowners. You have the right to refuse any offer made by the company, but it is important to understand that the company will likely use the government’s eminent domain2power to obtain an easement if you do. Eminent domain allows the government to take land for a public purpose, so long as it provides the landowner with “just compensation.”
Determining the amount of compensation due a landowner that is affected by an easement is a complicated legal process that requires significant experience to accurately assess. For this reason, it is extremely important for landowners that may be affected by the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline to retain an attorney prior to accepting an offer. In many cases, companies that engage in projects such as this offer unrepresented parties unreasonably low offers of compensation in the hope that they will simply accept them and move on. Some of the ways a lawyer can help are detailed below:
- Conduct an independent assessment of the value of your land and the way in which a proposed easement will affect that value
- Negotiate on your behalf with the company seeking the easement
- Represent you in any legal proceedings that may occur
Call Sever Storey, LLP today to discuss your options
Individuals whose property may be affected by the construction of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. The eminent domain lawyers of Sever Storey, LLP are dedicated to ensuring that landowners affected by pipeline projects obtain the compensation to which they are entitled. To schedule a free evaluation with one of our Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline lawyers, call our office today at 888-318-3761.