If you have received notice that your property will be affected by the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline1 project, you should begin learning about your legal rights and discussing your options with an experienced Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline attorney as soon as possible. Though certain groups oppose the pipeline for a variety of reasons, the project could very well obtain regulatory approval regardless. If approved, energy company Williams plans to construct a 232 mile-long pipeline underground from Malin, Oregon to Coos Bay, Oregon in order to transport natural gas to be liquefied and exported.
In order to begin construction, Williams must obtain permanent easements from all private landowners in the path of the pipeline. Williams estimates that easements will be 50 feet wide though construction may require about 80 to 125 feet of space in which to work. Even if landowners refuse to voluntarily grant the easement, Williams will certainly pursue the easements through the process of eminent domain.
If your land will be affected by this project, you may be wondering whether or not you should consult with an attorney regarding your rights and options. The following are only some of the important ways in which an eminent domain lawyer at Sever Storey, LLP can assist you.
We will advise you of your rights
Simply because eminent domain powers exist does not mean that you have no rights in this type of situation. For example, you have the right to challenge the scope of an easement to ensure Williams does not use more of your land than necessary. In addition, perhaps most importantly, the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution2 requires that you are paid “just compensation” for any taking of your land, including easements.
We will negotiate for just compensation
While Williams may try to convince you that their initial offer of compensation is fair and just, it is highly likely that the offer is significantly lower than you deserve. Companies try to limit their liability as much as possible and, therefore, often value your losses from the easement very conservatively. An experienced attorney can have an independent appraiser determine your true losses and your lawyer can negotiate for a just amount.
We will represent you in court
If negotiations fail to result in an offer of truly just compensation, you may have to go to court to obtain the full amount your deserve. Procedures in this type of case can be complex and an experienced eminent domain attorney can represent you in court and navigate the legal system on your behalf so that you obtain the most favorable result possible in your case.
Contact a Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline law firm today to discuss your options
Landowners who believe they may be affected by the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline project should contact an attorney as soon as possible. The lawyers of Sever Storey, LLP are dedicated to protecting the rights of landowners and ensuring that each client they represent obtains the full and fair value of any taking of their property that may occur. We represent both commercial and residential landowners in disputes ranging from small setbacks to takings involving millions of dollars. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our eminent domain lawyers, call our office today at 888-318-3761.