What if I don’t want the pipeline on my land? Can you take my land?

This is always a very sensitive issue and we assure you that it is not our desire or intent to obtain an easement from the landowner through the right of eminent domain—often referred to as “condemnation.” Do we have the right to condemn for an easement? Generally, once the FERC issues a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for a project, the company may—by virtue of the authority granted in the United States Natural Gas Act—seek authority from the court to obtain the limited rights necessary to construct, operate and maintain a pipeline. Contrary to the condemnation process that the landowner might experience for a highway, park or other public structure, your land would not be “taken” from you. The courts would merely grant the right for Williams to construct, operate and maintain the pipeline. The landowner would retain ownership and surface rights of the land—just as if an easement had been granted. The courts would determine fair market value, again based on the accepted appraisal practices discussed above.