January 16, 2012
East Texas Landowner’s Impacted by Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone XL Pipeline project spans from Canada all the way through East Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. The Keystone XL is a 36 inch pipeline used for oil transport and spans 1,661 miles from Hardesty, Alberta, Canada to its termination near Nederland and Houston, Texas. The Trans Canada company will oversee construction and installation of the pipeline.
Much of the project has been finished in other states. In fact, the pipeline is currently operational as far south as Cushing, Oklahoma. The condemning authority charged with constructing the massive pipeline is set to take easements from Texas landowners and install the pipeline in 2012 and 2013. In order for the pipeline to be installed in Texas, Trans Canada will be required to use its power of eminent domain to condemn easements on every single tract of land the proposed pipeline will pass through. However, affected landowners should remember they are entitled to fair compensation when their land is taken for easement purposes.
Landowners in the following East Texas counties may be subjected to their land being condemned for TransCanada’s pipeline easement: Fannin, Lamar, Delta, Hopkins, Franklin, Titus, Wood, Upshur, Smith, Cherokee, Rusk, Nacogdoches, Houston, Angelina, Polk, Liberty, Hardin, Jefferson, Orange, Chambers and Harris. Please visit the Trans Canada’s website for specific project details and maps showing the pipeline’s route.
Negotiating easement terms and compensation can be extremely complicated. Not only is a landowner entitled to compensation for the land taken by the easement, but also for any decrease in value to the landowner’s remaining property. Issues associated with easement and remainder valuation can become complex. The attorneys at Nordhaus Walpole, PLLC have the necessary experience handling Texas eminent domain and condemnation matters and can help landowners facing these types of lawsuits. Please call or email Russ Baker for a free consultation at 214.726.1450.
Categories: Eminent Domain and Condemnation