October 2015 Archives

Lavery Law Attorneys present a seminar to property owners affected by pipelines

Attorneys Sunshine Thomas and Peter Carfley attended an October 20, 2015 meeting hosted by the Gas Awareness Drilling Coalition and presented a seminar to local property owners affected by the PennEast pipeline. The seminar was designed to inform property owners about the eminent domain process and about their rights and options in the process. The seminar also provided the landowners with helpful tips to keep in mind when contacted by the land agents.

Cumberland County Judge Rules that Sunoco is a Public Utility

Judge Edward Guido of the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania recently ruled against the preliminary objections which were filed by three land owners in Cumberland County challenging Sunoco's filing of condemnation proceedings to acquire easements across their properties for the Mariner East II Pipeline. Judge Guido determined that the proposed pipeline would provide propane, ethane and other products within Pennsylvania and, therefore, would provide "intrastate" service which is subject to regulation by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. As Judge Guido determined that Sunoco is a regulated entity, he further found that Sunoco is a public entity and therefore possesses the power of eminent domain. This Decision is subject to further appeal by the involved parties within thirty (30) days following the issuance of the Decision.

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