Confusion around Pipeline Easement Nrgotiation
This has been the year of misconception about negotiating with pipeline companies. It is no secret Pennsylvania in the past few years has become a hotbed for pipeline companies. Many Pennsylvania residents until a few years ago had never heard of the term “Eminent Domain.” They were not aware ther
THE CREATORS OF THE CONFUSIONWith the growth of the Marcellus Shale play and the related pipeline companies, came Easement Agreements, Land Men and attorneys (knowledgeable and not so knowledgeable) and several wonderful nonprofit organizations. Confused homeowners are bombarded with information from all parties, and all sides, each purporting to have experience with what a homeowner can and cannot do with regards to negotiating with these new invaders of the republic.
PROPERTY OWNERS LOST IN THE PROCESSFrom the chaos of the fighting between Right of Way Agents (called Land Men) representing the pipeline companies, the attorneys, and the nonprofits, many homeowners report feeling they have become lost. Many feel they have been misguided and, more sadly, suffered terrible, irreparable and preventable changes to their property. This includes the loss of sound and visual buffers, as their trees were cut down and their stone walls, lawns, gardens, and landscaping are torn apart. In addition the noise, dirt, and chaos of open trench or HDD drilling is impossible to enjoy.
THE GREAT MISCONCEPTIONSLet's clarify something: THE EASEMENT AGREEMENTS OF THE PIPELINE COMPANIES ABSOLUTELY CAN BE MODIFIED and THE AMOUNT PROPOSED BY THE PIPELINE COMPANY ABSOLUTELY CAN BE NEGOTIATED. Remember the pipeline's first offer is never their final offer. If you have been informed by anyone that you must accept the terms of the pipeline company as given and/or that the easement agreement cannot be negotiated, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. If you are told you must sign in 72 hours, that is also not true