Receive Just Compensation For Your Property
The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline
The Williams energy company has announced that it will begin construction on its Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project in the summer of 2016. The Project requires the installation of approximately 183 miles of new pipeline and will affect landowners in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. For the project to move forward, Williams will need to obtain easements from landowners, allowing them to install, operate and maintain the underground pipelines. The presence of these easements on your property may adversely affect your property values and restrict how you use your land. As an affected landowner, in exchange for these restrictions, you deserve just compensation from Williams.
THE ATLANTIC SUNRISE PIPELINE
The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project website claims that landowners will be paid “fair market value” for Williams’ use of your property, based on “independent sources” such as “county deed and tax records, local appraisers, real estate brokers and other real estate professionals.” Typically, companies like Williams hire their own appraisers, who will take into account local property values and then appraise the property at the minimum possible value to limit project costs. Additionally, project appraisers only take into account the surface use of the land, ignoring the full land value of the easement. As a result, offers of compensation may be far lower than you as a landowner may be entitled to.
Critical Factors to Consider in Determining Just Compensation
Easements for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline include more than just the surface of a stretch of land across your property. The value of an easement should take into account:
• Restrictions on land use on the easement • Value of underground property rights, including gas and mineral rights • The impact that Williams’ maintenance of the pipeline will have on farming, planting and grazing activities
These are but a few factors that should be taken into account when determining the fair market value of an easement. Experienced eminent domain attorneys can provide you with the knowledge and resources that you need to get the compensation that you deserve.
Representation by Experienced Counsel is Crucial
Large companies often downplay the complexity of easement and eminent domain matters in order to lull landowners into a false sense of security, making it easier for the company to take advantage of the situation. As a result, initial easement offers may be exceedingly low, which is why it is crucial to have an experienced Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline attorney review all offers before you accept them. Once you accept an offer, you cannot go back and negotiate a higher payment, even if your land is worth substantially more than your agreed-upon settlement.
Have an Experienced Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Attorney Review Your Case Today
The skilled attorneys at Sever Storey, LLP are adept at representing landowners in easement negotiations. Our eminent domain attorneys have years of experience analyzing cases just like yours to ensure that truly fair compensation is obtained. Call us today at 888-318-3761 for a free consultation. We’ll make sure your questions are answered and your rights protected.