Easement Acquisition Process

Williams works to design facilities that will have the least possible impact on communities and the environment. For portions of the Atlantic Sunrise Project, Williams would optimize existing right of ways to minimize how much temporary workspace adjacent to the permanent easement is needed during construction. All temporary workspace will be returned to the landowner after construction and restored for his or her full use.

If you are affected by pipeline construction, a Williams representative will meet with you to make certain the job is performed with the least possible impact to you and the environment. Our land representatives will be available before, during and after the project to discuss any special concerns you may have.

Williams may need access to your property for construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. The following information will
walk you through the easement process.

 

 

Process for Landowners

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1. Fair compensation to landowners: We are committed to dealing fairly with each landowner and paying each landowner for two things:

  • A fair value, based upon market value and number of acres needed, for the privilege of establishing a permanent easement across their land. Williams will obtain a permanent easement, but the landowner retains ownership and use of the land.
  • Damages to crops, grazing lands, timber or any structures directly caused by the construction and maintenance of the pipeline. Construction damages will be paid on the area affected by the actual construction. The settlement for any damages to crops either can be paid in advance, based on records of local yields, or can be paid after construction, based on actual crop losses.

2. Prompt payment to landowners: After the conditions of compensation for an easement are reached, and the easement agreement is executed, a check is promptly issued to the landowner.

3. Advance notice of construction activities: Williams’ representatives will advise the landowner and tenant (if present) regarding the actual timing of construction as far in advance as possible. This allows the landowner or tenant to schedule farming or other activities in ways that minimize problems for both parties.

4. Respect for ownership: The landowner retains ownership of land. The easement only gives Williams the right to construct, maintain and operate a pipeline. Use of the land, with certain limitations, can remain the same as before construction.

5. Ground Surveys: Detailed civil survey work for the Atlantic Sunrise Project began in the spring of 2014. Surveyors assess environmental, geological, and archaeological conditions. This process also includes considerable interaction with property owners along the proposed route so that their concerns can be identified and, in many cases, become part of route plan modifications.