Pipeline Update – Do I Have to Sign Documents Now?

April 2, 2015

Now that Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company has submitted its application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity in conjunction with the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project, we can echo what some other advocates have recommended.  Specifically, do not sign documents granting an easement or property rights or an agreement to do so without giving careful consideration and obtaining counsel.  Williams is required to pay fair consideration for whatever property rights it is acquiring from landowners, and as we have stated previously, there are many factors to consider.  You will be compensated even if you fail to agree to take the first offer.

Every property and every property owner is different, and different conditions and factors are relevant depending on the use of the property and other individual factors.  Depending on your situation, it may make sense to consult an attorney who can help you review those factors.  Nevertheless, the advice given to think before you sign away rights is universally applicable. It may also be helpful to take some time to learn more about eminent domain and just compensation.

Christina Hausner is an attorney at Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP in Lancaster, PA. She received her law degree from Duquesne University School of Law and practices in a variety of areas including matters relating to eminent domain and land use.