If you have been contacted by Gulf South Pipeline Company about a pipeline, your land may be condemned. Pipeline companies have the authority to condemn land and there is currently no regulatory authority over them. Therefore landowners need attorneys that understand the process and can effectively negotiate with the pipeline company to protect their property rights. Braun & Gresham, PLLC will work effectively and efficiently to protect your property, minimize the impact and ensure just compensation for damages. Please contact us today to schedule a free, 30-minute consultation to learn more about how Braun & Gresham, PLLC can help protect your land.
Counties: Brazoria and Wharton
Description: 66 miles of 36-inch diameter header pipeline. Connects existing pipelines in southeast Texas to supply up to 1.54 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to Freeport LNG’s existing Stratton Ridge meter station.
- October 30, 2014 – Submitted NEPA pre-filling request with FERC
- November 5, 2014 – FERC accepts Gulf South into pre-filling process
- Jan/Feb 2015 – Open houses and informational meetings
- June 12, 2015 – Filed certificate application
- January 29, 2016 – FERC issued the environmental assessment
- June 2016 – Requested date for FERC approval
- Mid 2016 – Land acquisition
- Spring 2017 – Anticipated full construction start
- April 1, 2018 – Target in-service date
Obtaining Counsel in the Condemnation Process is Important
◦The condemnation process involves a complex knowledge of property rights law and skilled negotiation. Therefore landowners need attorneys that understand the process and can effectively negotiate with the pipeline company to protect their property rights.
◦Landowners benefit from the expertise of a firm in helping to plan the best alternative pipeline route that will do the least damage to the use of their property.
◦Landowners need help negotiating documents to limit the uses of condemned land to prevent future intrusions and stop companies from taking advantage of them. Braun & Gresham, PLLC will work with you to develop a strategy that meets your needs.
◦Involving an attorney in the negotiation process with DCP Midstream will ensure that you receive fair compensation for your property, damages and time.
◦Should DCP Midstream threaten you with a lawsuit, obtaining legal representation will be essential to fighting their attack and protecting your property rights.
The Braun & Gresham, PLLC Difference
A lot of other condemnation attorneys represent oil and gas companies and government entities, but we don’t wear both hats – we only represent landowners. At Braun & Gresham, PLLC we work with landowners to develop a strategy that meets their needs. We take into consideration that some clients might want to protect their land and views, while others might be willing to take the line but want to get the most money possible for the easement. We are committed to saving our clients money and will work on contingency or hourly fees, but believe that hourly fees allow us to deliver a better product. We represent a long history of relationships with industry leaders, making the negotiation phase of condemnation much more fluid and transparent for our clients. Finally, Braun & Gresham, PLLC brings authority and expertise to the condemnation process which translates to a place at the table- or as one of our clients described it: “With (Braun & Gresham), we had a voice, and a voice the (industry leaders) would listen to. Most people lose, and we didn’t.”