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Friday, July 5, 2013

As Pipeline Activity Ramps Up, Landowners Encouraged to Seek Legal Representation for Negotiations

From the W.C.H. Record-Herald:
The pipeline boom is expected to have a positive economic effect in Fayette County, bringing in addition tax money and providing construction jobs for local workers.

The property improvements included in the building of the Rockies Express pipeline brought in millions of dollars in taxes for local governments and school districts, accounting for more than half of the public utilities value in the county, according to Fayette County Auditor Michael Smith.

Approximately 2,500 union construction jobs were created in Ohio by the Rockies Express project, and ATEX Express representatives expect the ongoing project to create approximately 4,000 construction and full-time jobs in the communities it passes through.

But some local landowners are concerned about the effect that pipeline construction could have on their land, and farmers have been strongly encouraged to seek effective legal representation during their easement negotiations. Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Policy Director Dale Arnold said that standard easement contracts are often vague and can limit a landowner's rights on the easement.

"They need to take their time," said Arnold. "Many of the easements we're seeing today are much more complex than they were just 10 years ago and the need for effective legal counsel to help them through that process is becoming more crucial."
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