Pipeline Projects Face New Questions On Landowner Rights

Law360 (November 6, 2019, 2:57 PM EST) -- With the significant recent development of thousands of miles of new interstate natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the United States, landowner rights have gained increasing attention, spurred by the eminent domain authority that the Natural Gas Act confers on pipeline developers that hold certificates of public convenience and necessity issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

In September, these issues came to a head in two federal appellate courts, with rulings that raise significant new questions for pipeline developers. In addition, FERC recently responded to landowners, promising prompt action to address their concerns.

On Sept. 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals...

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