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…]