Is your property impacted by the planned Enterprise M2E3 Pipeline? Landowner Condemnation Rights Attorney Philip Hundl describes the pipeline route and talks about the rights of property owners in this video. You can make an appointment with Mr. Hundl by calling 800-266-4870. You can also request a no-obligation case evaluation by clicking this link and completing the form.
Summary of the Enterprise M2E3 Pipeline Video
Attorney Philip Hundl is a Shareholder of the Law Firm of Wadler, Perches, Hundl & Kerlick with offices in Wharton and El Campo in Wharton County and Richmond and Fulshear in Fort Bend County. If you’re a landowner affected by a condemnation project, Mr. Hundl can meet you at a location convenient to you. Call 800-266-4870 for an appointment or click this link and complete the form to request a no-obligation case evaluation.
- The Enterprise M2E3 Pipeline is expected to cross the following counties — Midland, Glasscock, Sterling, Coke County, Runnels County, Concho County, McCulloch County, San Saba, Burnet, Williamson, Lee, Washington, Fayette, Colorado, Wharton, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Harris County.
- Summit Resources has been hired as the right of way acquisition company for at least portions of the pipeline.
- Right of way agents will be contacting property owners along the pipeline route trying to acquire your permission for initial surveys. You should be aware of your rights and the pipeline company’s obligations related to surveys.
- You should have a temporary access agreement that specifies the obligations of the pipeline company and its agents and subcontractors when they enter your property.
- If you already have a pipeline easement on your property and you’re located in one of the named counties, you may be more likely to be affected by this pipeline since new pipeline projects often pick routes parallel to older ones.
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Transcript of the Enterprise Pipeline Video
– Hi, I’m Philip Hundl. I’d like to talk to you today about a pipeline project that we’ve come across and become aware of. My practice area focuses on condemnation, representation of landowners, and also other land litigation matters, including partitions, contesting and protesting tax evaluations of land.
Today, I’d like to talk to you about a project that’s come to our attention, and it’s called the M2E3 Pipeline. It’s an Enterprise pipeline that crosses 18 counties. It starts out in Midland, and it runs all the way to Harris County. It runs through, you can think about it, once it gets past San Antonio or, it runs above I-10, and then, it crosses and goes under I-10 and into Fayette County, Colorado County, Wharton County, Fort Bend County, and then into Brazoria and Harris County.
So, a common path of a lot of these pipelines, and this pipeline runs, like I said, just below I-10 for about half the way from San Antonio to Houston. Once it reaches Eagle Lake, it dips down into, from Colorado County down into Wharton and then Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Harris County. We’re still finding out more information about this pipeline right now.
Enterprise has, at least for portions of this line, have hired the right of way acquisition company, Summit Resources, or Summit Land Resources, but they’re the right of way agent, or land acquisition company, that has its right of way agents going out and trying to acquire at least permission for initial surveys on land, and so, if you’re contacted by an agent from Summit Resources Land Services, or actually someone, also another right of way agent contracted by Enterprise for the M2E3 Pipeline Project, just know your rights. Be aware of what your rights are and the pipeline company’s rights and obligations related to surveys, environmental surveys, archeological surveys.
They’ll request to enter your property, and what that arrangement should look like. Be careful not to provide verbal consent or authorization because anything that’s verbal, and not written down, can be open to a lot of interpretation, and so, in order to avoid that, it’s always best to have a temporary access agreement, and a temporary access agreement needs to lay out the rights and obligations of the parties, primarily the obligations of the pipeline company and its agents and right of, its agents and subcontractors that are going to enter your property.
You need to make sure that there is notice given to you or your tenant. If it’s a rural property and there’s a farmer, that the person that’s out there operating the property and managing the property, in this case, it’d be a farmer or a rancher, would be notified ahead of time that there’s going to be someone on the property so that it’s someone that’s authorized and not an unauthorized trespasser.
So, proper notice, and then, also, a very clear understanding that no construction can begin, any surveys or work, not work done but work towards conducting the survey, any results of those surveys, any reports as related, as a result of those surveys are provided to the land owner on a timely basis, as well.
So, once again, I wanted to just give a brief mention about the Enterprise M2E3 Pipeline Project. It is running through several counties, Midland, Glasscock, Sterling, Coke County, Runnels County, Concho County, McCulloch County, San Saba, Burnet, Williamson, Lee, Washington, Fayette, Colorado, Wharton, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Harris County.
So, if, and we believe it’s running, the route that I have seen, it looks like it will be running parallel to some other pipelines, and so, if your land has an existing pipeline on it, very often these new pipeline projects will like to run their pipeline parallel to an existing pipeline. So, be aware of that, OK? As always, I strongly recommend that you, before signing anything, or entering into any agreement related to access, temporary access, an easement agreement, compensation, that you visit with an attorney that is well-versed in condemnation and working with landowners.