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PennEast Pipeline receives FERC Order

On or about January 19, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, also known as FERC, issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to PennEast approving the PennEast Pipeline. In light of the issuance of this Order, PennEast has sent final offer letters to any property owners who have not yet granted PennEast the easements requested relative to the Project. It is anticipated that PennEast will soon begin to file the Condemnation or Eminent Domain Complaints necessary to secure any remaining necessary easements. The purpose of these Complaints will be for PennEast to secure access to and possession of the property and easements necessary for the construction of the pipeline. Generally, once Eminent Domain Complaints are filed, strict deadlines for the filing of responsive pleadings are triggered. Additionally, these cases will usually proceed quickly to a hearing before the assigned Judge on the issues of access and possession with the issue of value usually being determined at a later date. Our eminent domain attorneys at Lavery Law have experience assisting property owners with responding to Condemnation Complaints as well as with negotiating easement and right of way agreements and are available to discuss what legal options may be available to you with respect to PennEast's interest in securing an easement. 

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