Pipelines are an important part of Ohio’s development of natural resources. To use another’s property upon which to build and maintain a pipeline, an easement, or right-of-way agreement, is needed. This is merely to use the land for a specific purpose, not to grant any kind of ownership of it. There are many questions presented about these, which the law firm of Emens, Wolper, Jacobs and Jasin are here to help answer.
Is a pipeline easement a permanent agreement?
These agreements can be permanent or can be set up with a termination date.
Are pipeline easements included in oil and gas leases?
Many oil and gas leases include pipeline easement rights as a provision. It is important for the landowner to carefully examine any existing oil and gas lease, however, to see if these rights are in place and exactly what is being granted.
Are there other kinds of pipeline easements than those in oil and gas leases?
Yes, there are pipeline easements for long distance natural gas pipelines for transportation of such gas. The easements on these pipelines have some similar but also some different legal terms that need to be examined.
What pipeline easement rights are included in oil and gas leases?
Most oil and gas companies and pipeline companies offer boilerplate easements to landowners and expect the landowner to sign without a lawyer reviewing the easement. Location of the pipeline, impact on the property, income, and eminent domain are other factors to consider. Location of the pipeline, impact on the property, income, and eminent domain are other factors to consider.
Most development companies provide a boilerplate easement for landowners. These should be reviewed by a knowledgeable attorney to start negotiations to properly address the needs of the landowner. Emens, Wolper, Jacobs & Jasin have many years of experience with all of these easements and can help you make sure this venture is worth your investment. Contact us today!