February 2017 Archives

Can PennDOT or the Turnpike Commission take private land for a road or highway project?

Generally yes provided all of the legal requirements are met; however, a property owner still has the right to protect his or her property interests. Sometimes a project will involve PennDOT or the Turnpike Commission seeking an easement or right of way across a piece of property. Other times, it may involve the change of ownership of some or all of a piece of property. There are times when the taking will require a relocation of the property owner, but many times it does not. The type and extent of a taking depends on many factors such as the type and scope of the project and the location of the affected property in relation to the project. Determining the type and scope of a taking is an important first step in protecting a property owner's property interests.

Updates with the Atlantic Sunrise Natural Gas Pipeline

On Friday, February 3, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline which will run through portions of Pennsylvania. It is our understanding that the pipeline still requires the issuance of certain permits from the Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Army Corps. Based upon the most recent information issued by Williams, construction is expected to begin on the pipeline in the second quarter of 2017 with the pipeline going online in mid-2018. In light of this information, we anticipate that Williams may soon start to file eminent domain or condemnation actions against those property owners with whom Williams has not yet reached an agreement for the acquisition of the requested right-of-way.

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