Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project FAQs

What is the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project?

The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project is a proposed expansion of the existing Transco Pipeline, which carries natural gas from producing regions in Pennsylvania to markets in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

According to the Williams energy company, the expansion is estimated to add 1.7 million dekatherms per day of capacity into the pipeline system, by compressing and looping the Central Penn Line from the northeastern Marcellus region to the Transco mainline by Station 195 in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Additionally, approximately 200 miles of new pipeline will be laid in regions throughout Pennsylvania. Two new compressor facilities are set for installation in Pennsylvania, as well as modifications to existing facilities in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

How will I know if my land is affected?

You should receive a notice from Williams Energy Company and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) letting you know that your property may be affected. The materials should include information about dates, locations and times of public meetings and how to obtain additional information about the project. You may also receive written correspondence from Williams or be contact by a representative about surveys that may occur on your property.

Does Williams have a legal right to use my land?

By obtaining an easement for part of your land, Williams will have a legal right to use your land pursuant to the terms of the easement. What this may mean for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project is the right to come onto your property, dig a trench, install the pipe and any related above-ground equipment.

For Williams, the ideal situation is one in which the landowners voluntarily accept an easement on their land, in exchange for compensation. However, landowners do have the right to refuse Williams’ offer. The likely outcome of refusal is that Williams will invoke the right of eminent domain from the government. Eminent domain allows the government to take private land for a public purpose in exchange for just compensation. Even though Williams is a private company, the government views natural gas extraction and transport as a public use, and will therefore generally grant an easement for those purposes.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive?

Williams is required to compensate all landowners from which it has obtained an easement for the value of the land and any damage that may occur during the course of the easement. Fair market value is usually determined by the amount of land, zoning issues and market factors.

Do landowners that may be affected by the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project need to retain an attorney?

While it’s not required that affected landowners retain an attorney, it is highly advisable to do so. An attorney who is experienced in easement and eminent domain matters will be able to advise you of your rights, let you know your legal options and ensure that you receive the best possible price for your affected land.

Contact An Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project Attorney Today To Protect Your Legal Rights

The attorneys of Sever Sevey, LLP have years of experience representing landowners against companies seeking easements. It is our goal to provide answers to your questions and fight for a full and fair amount for the use of your land. Contact us today at 888-318-3761 for a free consultation.