PennEast Pipeline Company’s Interstate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Pipeline Project
The proposed PennEast pipeline project is a major interstate pipeline that involves the potential construction of 114 miles of 36 inch natural gas pipeline. The PennEast pipeline originates in Dallas, Luzerne County and terminates at the Transco pipeline interconnection in Mercer County, New Jersey. The PennEast pipeline is proposed to deliver approximately 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to customers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PennEast intends to commence construction of the interstate pipeline in 2017.
The PennEast project is a proposed interstate pipeline project regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As with all major interstate pipeline projects, if FERC issues a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, PennEast will obtain the power of eminent domain and condemnation. If the landowner is unable to reach a Pipeline Agreement with PennEast and FERC grants a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the project, the company can exercise its right to condemn the property in court. PennEast estimates that they FERC will issue their final decision in 2016 and that pipeline construction will commence in 2017.
Landowners notified that the PennEast project will impact their property should take immediate action to understand their rights and options when dealing with a FERC project. FERC projects involve unique issues and considerations. Landowners cannot rely on the pipeline company landman to explain their rights when faced with potential eminent domain and condemnation. Landowners facing FERC projects have options and can negotiate the proposed Pipeline Agreement to maximize compensation and property protections.
If you are approached for the PennEast pipeline project, or any FERC pipeline project, you must learn your rights and options and formulate a comprehensive plan and strategy when dealing with the pipeline company. Do not go through this process alone and possibly leave tens of thousands of dollars and property protections on the table. Attorney Doug Clark represents landowners in all FERC interstate pipeline projects and understands how to make the most of this generally unwanted situation. Let Doug’s pipeline experience work for you. Contact us today.
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