Pipeline companies will seek a permanent easement from landowners along the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline route and will negotiate for land rights in a fair and equitable manner based on established land valuation practices. An easement is a limited right to use the land for a specific purpose. Pacific Connector will compensate landowners for an easement to construct, operate and maintain an underground pipeline, and, in limited cases, above-ground equipment related to the pipeline such as valves, pipeline markers and corrosion protection equipment.
It is important to note that granting an easement does not transfer the title of the land to Pacific Connector; it merely gives Pacific Connector the right to use the land for the specified 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 can be placed within the limits of the right of way.
Generally, the standard width of the permanent easement across private lands on this project is 50 feet, centered on the pipeline. The amount of compensation paid to landowners is determined by the amount of land affected and the land’s fair market value. Landowners will also be compensated for damages such as grazing, crop or timber losses. Pacific Connector´s land representatives will discuss all property impacts with owners to determine fair compensation.