What’s a Fair Price for Running Pipelines Through Your Property?

The landowners in Tyler County, WV who sit along the proposed route of Energy Transfer Partners 800-mile, $4.4 billion pipeline, called Rover, to connect the Marcellus/Utica region with the Midwest and Canada are asking for one thing: a fair price. According to one landowner, they’ve received an offer from ETP that’s about 1/3 of where it should be. Problem is, if landowners don’t accept ETP’s offer, once the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approves the pipeline, ETP can then use eminent domain to simply take the land it needs and pay the price it wants to pay. Landowners’ only recourse at that point is to ask a court to arbitrate a price. No, we’re not fans of eminent domain–it’s an imperfect concept for an imperfect situation in which some hold-out landowners remain unreasonable. But that doesn’t excuse lack of a fair price. So what price has been offered and what do landowners think is a fair price to receive?…

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