Protecting The Rights Of Landowners

Thousands of residents of Ohio, and other states, are affected by ongoing pipeline construction in the region. Marcellus Shale runs through parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia. The shale is part of a group of rock formations containing massive natural gas reserves. For example, Utica Shale lies just below the Marcellus formation. That’s why the area is a hub for energy development. Hundreds of pipelines are planned or are in progress in the region. The $1.5 billion dollar Utica natural gas pipeline runs from Ohio through Michigan and ends in Canada. Many homeowners need the services of a PVR Utica pipeline lawyer. The Utica shale pipeline will be 45 miles long and cross many properties.

Lawsuits have been filed over the issue of eminent domain. Eminent domain is the law that allows private land to be taken for public use, after compensating the owners of the land. However, the law states the government has to pay the owner “just compensation.” Problems arise when the parties cannot agree on a price. It benefits the government to acquire the land to lessen the country’s reliance on resources from overseas.

More than a hundred Ohio cases were recently settled between residents and Sunoco Logistics Partners. Sunoco is one of the companies building a pipeline. The oil company wants to rely on easements that were granted in 1942 to allow its current pipeline to go forward. Homeowners argued that new easements had to be granted to give Sunoco right of way across their property. A company acquires an easement when the property owner grant them access to their land. Property owners are compensated for granting easements. The landowners were represented by the law firm of Goldman and Braunstein, who have years of experienceworking with easements and eminent domain. Many problems are expected to arise as the projects get more ambitious. The route is being determined for the Bluegrass Pipeline. This pipeline will carry natural gas, from Marcellus and Utica, across West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to interconnect with another project. Residents in the area who need assistance should contact Goldman and Braunstein. Property owners need to be adequately compensated.