You’ll negotiate access easements if your land is condemned for pipeline construction in Texas. In this video, Attorney Philip Hundl talks about some aspects of pipeline access easements using the example of a pipeline being built in Matagorda County, near the Wharton County line. If you’d like help protecting your rights in a condemnation proceeding, please call our office at 800-266-4870.
Summary of How to Protect Your Rights Negotiating Access Easements
– – Okay, we’re here in Matagorda County on State Highway 60. We’re at an entrance of a access road to a pipeline easement. The pipeline easement is about half a mile south of where we are on Highway 60, and it’s boring under the road.
This access easement is what the pipeline company will oftentimes either negotiate with the landowner, or acquire through condemnation. And they can acquire either a temporary access or a permanent access easement.
As you can see, this is an existing road that was already here. A pipeline company needed access to do their construction, so this is something that they acquired either a temporary or permanent easement on this road.
Something also to consider during negotiation is the amount of damage that a pipeline company will cause to an existing road during the construction process. There should be provisions in the negotiated agreement that require the pipeline company to either pay monetary damages for road damage or repair the road and return it to the condition it was in before construction.
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When you’re a landowner faced with a condemnation action, you want expert legal help on your side. The company on the other side of the table is represented by experienced legal counsel — you should be too. Don’t make mistakes that will needlessly impair the value of your property for many years to come.