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What you need to know about eminent domain for pipeline projects

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2024 | Eminent Domain

Eminent domain is the power of the government to take private property for public use, as long as there is fair compensation to the property owner. In Texas, this power extends to private entities like oil and gas companies, allowing them to acquire land for pipeline projects. But what does this mean for you as a landowner?

Your rights as a landowner

The Texas law permits the taking of your property solely for projects intended for public use. Additionally, it entitles you to receive just compensation. This means that if a pipeline company wants to use your land, they must prove that it is for public use and pay you a fair amount.

The process of eminent domain in pipeline projects

The eminent domain process begins with the pipeline company making an offer to purchase your land. If you reject the offer, the company can file a condemnation lawsuit. In this case, the court will determine the reasonable value of your land, considering factors like its size, location and the condemnation’s potential impact on your remaining property.

What is a just compensation?

Determining fair compensation can be complex. It is not just about the land’s current market value. It should also cover any damages to your remaining property, such as loss of access or reduced property value.

Why having legal help matters

Facing eminent domain condemnation for pipeline projects can be challenging. The legal procedures, negotiations and valuation processes are complex and time-consuming. Having an experienced attorney by your side can ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Remember, every case is unique, and the specifics of your situation can greatly impact the outcome. If your property is part of an eminent domain situation, consider seeking help from an experienced attorney who can provide personalized guidance that suits your circumstances.

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