HOW WILL IT AFFECT YOU?
How Will the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project Affect You?
Individuals with land along the existing or proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline may be wondering how the project might affect them. If you live in one of the following Pennsylvania counties, be sure to continue reading:
The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project consists of adding multiple pipelines to existing lines, which will range from 30-42 inches in diameter. This will involve constructing trenches across private property across the state of Pennsylvania.
Once the regulatory approval process is finished, the process of obtaining easements will quickly commence. Therefore, it is important to understand how this project may affect your land and rights.
Will Your Land Be Affected?
By now you should have received a notice from Williams as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) letting you know that your land may be affected. The notices should contain dates, locations and times of public meetings and how to obtain additional information about the project.
How Will Your Land Be Affected?
In order to begin construction, Williams will need to obtain a permanent easement for every piece of land that the pipeline will traverse. These easements will provide Williams with the right to undertake construction on a 50-foot wide strip of land on your property, which will affect your right to build on that property, grow crops and graze cattle on that section of land. It is Williams stated intent to obtain easements through voluntary negotiations, however, if landowners refuse to grant them an easement, they will likely try to obtain the easement through eminent domain proceedings.
Will You Obtain Compensation In Return for the Easement?
You have the legal right to just compensation for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline easement. This is true regardless of whether eminent domain proceedings are used to obtain the easement. Keep in mind that Williams has a vested interest in keeping financial expenditures to a minimum, meaning they will offer you the lowest possible price in exchange for the permanent right to use your land. It is critical to have an experienced eminent domain attorney review your case before you accept any offer of compensation. This is because once you accept an offer you cannot go back a re-negotiate for a better price. An attorney can review the facts and advise you on any losses you may take as a result of any offer you receive.
Contact an Experienced Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Attorney as Soon as Possible
If the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project will affect your property rights, it is crucial that you seek the advise of an experienced attorney that understands easements and eminent domain law. A qualified Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline attorney will be able to advise you of your rights and fight to obtain just compensation for your loss.
The attorneys of Sever Storey, LLP have a proven track record of success in representing landowners facing easement negotiations and eminent domain proceedings. Contact us today at 888-318-3761 for a free consultation and more answers to your easement questions.