Pacific Connector’s intended easement will be a permanent width of 50 feet with the pipeline centered in that space. During the course of construction, in addition to the permanent easement, PCGP will be utilizing temporary work space adjacent to the easement for the entire distance of the pipeline. This work space is needed to safely lay out the pipe, weld together the pieces of pipe, dig and store the spoil excavated as part of the ditching process, and allow for safe travel of construction traffic along the project.
As for how PCGP determines the values offered for property, the compensation amount will vary based on property characteristics (such as size, location, zoning, land use, etc.), so there is no ‘typical compensation’ guideline that can be provided. Each affected property owner will be given a detailed workbook describing the size and location of the easement, temporary extra workspace and access requirements. The workbook will include a copy of the market analysis used to determine the easement value. Landowners will have opportunities to present additional information that may be considered in the negotiating process. Compensation will be included for any additional impacts the pipeline easement may have, such as disrupting customary use of the land. The compensation for the necessary land rights will be made in a one-time lump-sum payment, notwithstanding that prior option payment(s) may apply in certain circumstances. Compensation for any additional impacts relating to the installation of pipeline facilities will be made as required during and after construction.