Will the planned Wink to Webster pipeline impact your property? Landowner Condemnation Rights Attorney Philip Hundl reviews the planned route and description of the project in this video. Call 800-266-4870 for an appointment with Mr. Hundl.
Summary of the Wink to Webster Pipeline Video
– Hi, I’m Attorney Philip Hundl from the Law Firm of Wadler, Perches, Hundl & Kerlick.
I’d like to talk to you today about a pipeline that’s come to my attention. As many of you know, my practice focuses on land litigation, primarily representing landowners in condemnation cases. Those condemnation cases could be related to pipeline projects, power line projects, road expansion projects and other construction projects.
Today I’d like to talk about a particular pipeline project that has a very curious name. Most pipeline project names are not very creative, but this one is called Wink to Webster Pipeline LLC. That’s name of the operating company that the parties have put together to operate this project, and we’ll go into that in a minute. But what I want to talk about is this Wink to Webster Pipeline LLC.
The entity, Wink to Webster, submitted their T-4 application to the Railroad Commission not too long ago, March 20th, 2019. The Railroad Commission approved the T-4 permit on March 26th, so just less than a week later it was approved. The permit number is 10036, and the route of the line, and I’ll attach it to this article, or to this video, but the route covers 24 counties from the small town in West Texas of Wink all the way to the area or town of Webster near Texas City, in the South Houston area.
So the right of way agent, land acquisition company, that is handling at least part of the acquisition of easements for this pipeline project, is Universal Field Services. It’s a very well-known right of way acquisition company. That’s the acquisition company that Wink to Webster Pipeline LLC has hired to acquire pipeline easements for them.
The Wink to Webster Pipeline Is Contacting Landowners
Right now, I know that the right of way agents are contacting landowners and asking for consent or permission to go on to the landowner’s property and conduct surveys. These are the basic dirt stake survey in which they’re just staking or marking the proposed route on the land. They may also be doing other surveys that are more invasive, like archeological surveys, in which they’re doing a lot more digging, looking for any evidence of historical nature or archeological nature.
So who is the Wink to Webster Pipeline? Who owns it, or who are the partners in it? Like a lot of these pipeline projects, companies get together as partners, and so the partners in this project is ExxonMobil, Plains All American, and then also a company called Lotus Midstream. Lotus Midstream is based in Sugar Land, Texas, and then the other two companies are very large publicly traded companies.
So, it’s approximately 650 miles of line, and it’s planned to be a crude oil and condensate line. They calculate up to a million barrels a day will be transported through the Wink to Webster Pipeline. They also expect to get it in production by 2021. Those are all the projections and can be delayed and oftentimes are delayed.
But one other interesting fact that I was going to mention is they like to parallel with other existing pipelines. The Wink to Webster Pipeline will parallel with a pipeline called the Shin Oak Pipeline. Many of you have maybe heard of the Shin Oak Pipeline. If you have the Shin Oak Pipeline on your property, then most likely you will have the Wink to Webster Pipeline on your property, too.
We Want to Help You Understand Your Rights in Condemnation
It’s extremely important that you, as a landowner, understand the process of condemnation and understand your rights. You should also understand the rights and obligations of the pipeline company that’s attempting to use eminent domain to condemn your property and get a pipeline easement. Plus you should understand the rights and rules that are in place, and also the condemnation process in place. Please do not enter into any agreements without the help of a lawyer who is knowledgeable in condemnation.
So, before you enter into any access agreements, or consent verbally to allowing the pipeline company to access your property, I strongly recommend that you visit with an attorney who can give you guidance about your rights as a landowner.
With that word of caution, I’d just say good luck with the Wink to Webster pipeline. I’ll attach a link to the Wink to Webster Pipeline website. There’s more information there. Okay, good luck.
Contact Mr. Hundl for Help in the Condemnation Process
Mr. Hundl is experienced in representing landowners in a variety of condemnation cases. Call his office at 800-266-4870 for an appointment to discuss your situation. You can also click this link and complete the form for a no-obligation case evaluation.