The planned Enterprise M2E4 Pipeline will impact landowners in a number of Texas counties. In this video, Landowner Condemnation Rights Attorney Philip Hundl talks about the proposed route of the pipeline and plans for construction. Call or text 800-266-4870 for an appointment with Mr. Hundl.
In the video, Mr. Hundl refers to a PowerPoint presentation which describes the M2E4 Pipeline. You can download a pdf copy of the presentation by clicking the photo below.
Summary of the Enterprise M2E4 Pipeline Video
Hi, I’m Philip Hundl. I represent landowners facing condemnation suits normally related to pipelines and high-voltage power lines.
Today, just want to briefly mention a new pipeline project that’s come to our attention. As you know, I try to bring these to light so that folks who are affected by these projects can get more information on exactly what the process is, and what they need to do, and what they need to worry about.
This pipeline project is called the M2E4. The operator will be Enterprise Crude Oil Pipeline, LLC. We have talked recently about the M2E3. This was the Enterprise Crude Oil Pipeline going from Midland-to-ECHO, so that’s why it’s the M2E3 — their third pipeline going to ECHO.
This is the M2E4. So, very similar to the M2E3, this new pipeline starts in Midland. As far as we understand from the information from the Railroad Commission, and also from Enterprise themselves, it appears that it stops in Wilson County and connects with another pipeline there.
There are a number of counties that are affected — Midland, Upton, Reagan County, Crockett, Val Verde, Kinney County, Maverick, Zavala, Frio and Atascosa County. Jourdanton is the county seat of Atascosa County. The pipeline ends in Wilson County.
We’ve got a PowerPoint we found that Enterprise did several several months ago talking briefly about this project. They expected the pipeline to go into service first half of 2021. That’s probably been slightly delayed, if I had to guess.
It’s going to be a 30-inch crude oil line. The easements — permanent easement and temporary workspace — are very large. It’s a 50-foot wide permanent easement with a 60-foot wide temporary workspace. So during the construction, with permanent and temporary, that would be 110 feet. Once construction’s done, then it’ll drop down to 50 feet.
With the temporary workspace or temporary easement area, normally that’s contemplated to last only during a limited period of time. Pipeline companies like to say it two different ways — it’s for the duration of construction or 18 months or two years, whichever is shortest. If they can get the project done in a year, then the temporary workspace goes away.
What You Need to Know When Negotiating the Easement
You need to know the terms and conditions of this pipeline project. In this case, what kind of material is it? Apparently it’s going to be crude oil. Size of the pipe — 30-inch, so that’s important to know. Width of the permanent easement? Very important to know, sometimes it’s 30-foot, this one’s going to be a 50-foot.
You need to know to what extent your property be affected by additional work space? Is there a need to bore underneath the road that is adjacent to your property or under a creek that runs through your property? So there could be additional temporary workspace taking up your property for a while, and also causes some damage to your property.
If you’ve got wooded property, those trees are going to be removed in the permanent easement and in the temporary workspace. My experience has always been the pipeline company wants to remove them first, and not worry about having to work around them.
This project looks like it relates to a T4 from the Railroad Commission Number 10113. So as I get more information on this new Enterprise project called M2E4, I will definitely update this posting. Good luck.
Let Us Help You Through the Condemnation Process
You need the advice of an attorney who’s experienced in representing landowners in condemnation. The pipeline company and its right of way agents don’t represent your interests — you need a lawyer who will. Call or text our office at 800-266-4870 for an appointment with Mr. Hundl.