Is your land impacted by the Toledo Bend Express Pipeline? In the video, Landowner Condemnation Rights Attorney Philip Hundl describes the project and offers information for affected landowners. Call 800-266-4870 for an appointment to talk with Mr. Hundl.
Summary of the Toledo Bend Express Pipeline Video
Hi, I’m Philip Hundl. I’m an attorney that focuses on representing landowners in eminent domain or condemnation proceedings. I try to bring these videos to you, the landowners, as quick as I can to tell you about new projects that you may have been contacted on. You feel like you’re the only one contacted, and you’re not sure what to do.
And so what I want to do is talk as much as I can about the project and what I know about the project. A lot of times, there’s not a lot of information out there about these projects, but what I know I’ll try to share with you. I’ll also share some tips about what you as a landowner should do when you’re contacted by a right of way agent.
We all hear about the big players — the Kinder Morgan, Energy Transfer, and Enterprise projects. Right now there’s a huge project that we’ve heard a lot about. I’ve done lots of videos and interviews about this project. This is the Matterhorn Express pipeline and it runs from way out in West Texas all the way to Wharton County and Fort Bend County.
The Toledo Bend Express Pipeline Is a Regional Project
So this is San Augustine County in Texas. And basically this area of the county, the Eastern side next to Sabine County, there’s a project going on right now. This is more of a regional project. The company involved with this project is Pine Wave Energy Partners. There’s not a lot of information on their website.
And a lot of times there are different investors and partners in these projects. They’re calling the project the Toledo Bend Express, and one of the owners of this pipeline is Toledo Bend Express, LLC. So you’ll see that name as well.
So if you’re contacted about the Toledo Bend Express Project, that’s what this is. The right of way acquisition company involved with the Toledo Bend Express is a company called Roca Land and their website is RocaLand.com.
If you’ve been contacted by any of these folks from their team, then, you’ll know who they are. Like I said, their website is pretty sparse. The right of way acquisition agents that are out contacting land owners are not listed on this website. Oftentimes these right of way acquisition companies will hire contract labor right of way agents to help them with these projects.
Types of Easements Being Sought from Landowners
The easement that they’re seeking appears to be an 80 foot easement. They’re also seeking some access road easements from landowners. So you may be approached for just an access easement. Or you may be approached for a permanent pipeline easement or even some type of surface site or valve site on your property.
It’s really important to know exactly what the pipeline company wants from you. Always remember that what matters is what’s in writing. It’s not so much what someone tells you, but what the actual documents say that’s important.
So it’s really important to understand what is in those easement agreements. The best way to do that is find an attorney who practices in eminent domain and condemnation. Your attorney can explain the easement documents and exactly what the pipeline company needs and what they’re seeking.
Often you’ll find that they’re seeking more than what they really need. So we strive to ensure that the rights you’ll be granting to them are only what they need.
Hopefully this information is helpful if you’re in the San Augustine County area, and you’re contacted by someone from Roca Land Right of Way or Pine Wave Energy Partners. So with that good luck.
Get the Help You Need to Protect Your Rights
If your contacted by a right of way agent representing the Toledo Bend Express Project, you should contact an attorney to ensure that you understand your rights and to protect your rights during the condemnation process. Call our office at 800-266-4870 for an appointment with Mr. Hundl. You can also get a no-obligation case evaluation by clicking the button and submitting the form.