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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Landowners Digging In to Fight for Fair Price on Land Needed for Rover Pipeline


From The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:
From West Virginia's Doddridge County to the Canadian border, landowners in the $4.4 billion Rover Pipeline's path remain concerned about the project that would propel 3.25 billion cubic feet of Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas across Ohio and Michigan. 
And some landowners in Tyler County are working to inform the public that the pipeline's path, once approved by federal regulators, will become a reality - through the use of eminent domain, if necessary. 
The residents in Tyler County are asking for just one thing: a fair price to utilize their land. 
"They are only offering us about one-third of what we believe is fair market value for a right-of-way agreement," Tyler County landowner David Beveridge said. 
Beveridge expects several landowners that would be impacted by the pipeline to convene at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Log Cabin Building at the Tyler County Fairgrounds, south of Middlebourne along W.Va. 18. 
"We believe fair market value would be, at least, $1 per foot, per inch of diameter they will put on the property. So, if it is a 36-inch diameter pipeline, that would be $36 per foot," Beveridge said. "Right now, they are only wanting to give us about one-third of that."
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