Easements are very common. An easement is a legal agreement to cross or otherwise use someone else’s land for a specified purpose such as road access, telephone poles, cell phone towers, power lines and water pipes. When an easement is granted, it provides legal right to use the property, but the legal title to the land itself remains completely intact with the owner of the land.
The Jordan Cove Project will seek to negotiate a permanent pipeline easement from landowners along the proposed pipeline route and will negotiate for land rights in a fair and equitable manner based on established land acquisition practices and ethics.
Generally, the standard width of the permanent easement across private lands on this project is 50 feet, centered on the pipeline. Additional temporary workspace may be required for the construction of the pipeline.
The Jordan Cove Project will compensate landowners for an easement to construct, operate and maintain an underground natural gas pipeline and, in limited cases, above-ground equipment related to the pipeline.
The amount of compensation paid to landowners is determined by:
- the amount of land affected;
- the land’s fair market value;
- impacts to grazing lands and crop or timber losses caused by the pipeline’s construction; and
- any site-specific damages as a result of construction or operation of the pipeline.
It is important to note that granting an easement does not transfer the title of the land to the pipeline; it only gives the Project the right to use the land for the specified and limited purposes stated above. The landowner retains ownership of the land and use of the surface with limited restrictions.
Once construction is complete, the landowner may farm, plant, graze or otherwise use the surface with the exception that no permanent building structures or trees can be placed within the limits of the right of way.