Rover Pipeline LLC estimates that it will pay $124 million in direct payments to landowners for easements needed for the construction of the planned Rover Pipeline. It is possible that eminent domain will be used to procure those easements.
The proposed Rover Pipeline would run some 800 miles from southeastern Ohio to Michigan and into Canada. Pipeline construction could begin as early as January 2016. The pipeline is expected to be completed and operational in 2017.
The Rover Pipeline proposal calls for a main line consisting of twin 42-inch diameter pipelines. When operating at full capacity, the pipeline will be capable of transporting 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas daily from the natural gas fields in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The pipeline company will need to obtain easements from all the owners of the land the pipeline passes through. Easements are not purchases, but are agreements between the landowner and pipeline company allowing the company to use the land. Typically, both permanent and construction easements are required. The easement needed for construction is much wider than the permanent easement. A construction easement normally ends when construction is completed. To construct the Rover Pipeline, the construction easements may be up to 150 feet wide. The permanent easements sought will be 60 feet in width.
Because pipelines for the transportation of natural gas across state lines fall under the Natural Gas Act 1938, pipeline companies have the right of eminent domain once a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity is issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Rover Pipeline LLC has requested this certificate and federal approval is expected this year. Therefore, landowners who do not reach an agreement with the pipeline company for an easement, may be subject to eminent domain proceedings.
If you are a landowner who is affected by the Rover Pipeline or any other pipeline or transmission line, you have rights. Contact the Ohio Eminent Domain Attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List.