Negotiating Rights-of-Way & Easements on Your Property

Written by Angela & Wil Stanton
August 21, 2015

easementAn article in the August 21st edition of The Roanoke Times by Duncan Adams (http://www.roanoke.com/news/mvp-begins-buying-easements-for-proposed-pipeline-in-w-va/article_7738a513-ca37-523e-9139-c643da1f4077.html) provided information that Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC has begun to purchase easements for the proposed pipeline.  Based on the information provided in the story, these agreements sound like a BAD deal for landowners.  According to the article: “Among other provisions, the perpetual right-of-way contracts in Summers County give Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, or successor, the right to install and operate one additional pipeline and related equipment within the easement area for a separate but equal payment.”  This means that people who have agreed to these terms have (1) granted an easement forever, (2) given MVP the right to sell the easement to another company at any time it wishes in the future, (3) given permission for another pipeline (and related equipment) to be installed on the property at any date it wishes in the future, and (4) agreed that what MVP paid for an easement today will be the same amount paid if the clause for a second pipeline is executed at any point in the future.  Think about it, what will $5000 be worth in 2025? 2030? 2050?  What are the future implications on your children and grandchildren? [Read more…]

Final Days to Submit Scoping Comments to the FERC

noMVPDespite all of our calls and letters to the FERC, it still appears that the official FERC Scoping Period will end next Tuesday, June 16th.

If you have anything to say about the impact the MVP would have on your property or our region, please contact the FERC before June 16th. Even if you have submitted a comment before, please consider doing so again. For more details about how to submit your comments, visit our Federal Energy Regulatory Commission page.  For information on scoping, visit: http://preservethenrv.com/d…/navigating_scoping_meetings.pdf (while this page was developed with the scoping meetings in mind, it addresses the types of things that can be included in written scoping comments to the FERC).

Landowners on all routes: It is particularly critical that you submit scoping comments to FERC! They need to hear from you. Let the FERC know that you will NOT work with MVP and they will have to pursue eminent domain to put a pipeline on your property. If the FERC knows that the majority of landowners will not negotiate with MVP, it can directly impact the review process (see http://www.lancasterpipeline.org/eminent-domain).