Is your land affected by the Permico Simpatico Pipeline? Landowner Condemnation Rights Attorney Philip Hundl describes the pipeline and its proposed route in this video. If you’d like to make an appointment with Mr. Hundl, please call 800-929-1725. You can also request a no-obligation case evaluation by clicking this link and submitting the form.
Summary of the Permico Simpatico Pipeline Video
– Hi, I’m Philip Hundl. I’m an attorney with Wadler, Perches, Hundl & Kerlick. Our primary office is in Wharton County, with offices in El Campo and Wharton and Richmond, Texas and Fulshear, Texas. Soon we’ll have an office in Matagorda County in Bay City, Texas, and I’ll give you more info on that in the future.
What’s the Permico Simpatico Pipeline
I’d like to talk to you about a new pipeline project that we’ve become aware of. My practice primarily focuses on representing landowners in condemnation cases, either by TxDOT or pipeline companies or power companies related to a high voltage transmission line. This is the Permico Simpatico Pipeline project from Permico Midstream Partners. It’s a company that has several lines and several proposed lines coming on board.
This is a 16-inch pipeline that’s running from Nueces County, just west of Corpus Christi, all the way up to Chambers County. It starts in Nueces, goes to San Patricio, Aransas County, Refugio, Calhoun, Victoria, Jackson, Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston, Harris and Chambers.
The Simpatico Pipeline is really two 16-inch lines, one running from Nueces to Matagorda County, and then the other from Nueces to Matagorda and then continuing on to Chambers. Those are both called the Simpatico Pipelines. They’re running parallel, and we’re assuming that both pipelines will be running in the same easement.
They’re talking about the construction starting very soon, in September 2019. I doubt that that start date will happen just because of the timeframe it takes to get the easement.
Other Permico Midstream Projects
This Permico Midstream Partners has some other projects that are in place, the Midstream Lateral and the Companero Pipeline. All that runs from Midland or the Permian to Nueces County. It takes the southern path below San Antonio, and the Companero Line runs through Crockett and Val Verde, Kenedy, Maverick, Zavala, La Salle, McMullen, Duval, Jim Wells, and then Nueces. So it takes that southern path like a lot of these pipelines do. They either take the southern path south of San Antonio or the northern path over Austin or north of Austin in between Austin and Waco.
As of now, Kinder Morgan and its Permian Highway Pipeline, is taking the path in between Austin and San Antonio and cutting right through the Hill Country, which has caused a lot of concern by landowners there.
You Have Rights in the Condemnation Process
Talking about these two Simpatico pipelines by Permico Midstream, if you’re a landowner in any of these counties that I mentioned along the Gulf Coast and you’re contacted by a right-of-way agent, remember as a landowner, you have rights. You’re not required to sign the easement agreement offered by the right-of-way agent, and you’re definitely not required to accept their first offer or their initial terms on the pipeline easement agreement.
There are lots of things to consider in evaluating a proposed easement — surface facilities, if those are requested; and ingress and egress easements. In addition to the permanent pipeline easement, the pipeline company may also need temporary ingress and egress for construction. The company may also need permanent ingress and egress rights for operation and maintenance of the pipelines. All of those issues are extremely important to consider in negotiating the easement agreement.
So know that as a landowner, you have rights. There is a process, the condemnation process is laid out in the law. Get with a lawyer who specializes in representing landowners in condemnation cases so that you can understand your rights and understand the condemnation process.
And if you have any questions, you need to have someone who will answer those questions for you who is in your corner. The right-of-way agent may try to answer those questions or the pipeline company may try to answer those questions for you. But understand that they have objectives of their own, and they do not represent you.
So with that, good luck. And if there are any questions, please let me know. You can contact me through my blog or my website. I’m happy to visit with landowners about their questions and concerns. Thanks.
We Can Guide You Through the Condemnation Process
Your easement agreement will have a lasting impact on your use of the land within the easement and most likely, the land outside the easement. You need knowledgeable advice and guidance. Attorney Philip Hundl has the experience and expertise to provide you with the guidance you need. Call 800-929-1725 for an appointment with Mr. Hundl or click this link and complete the form for a no-obligation case evaluation.
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