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Daily & Woods, PLLC: Arkansas Pipeline Eminent Domain Lawyers

You receive a telephone call from a pipeline production company and the representative on the phone informs you that they want to bury a pipeline across land that will carry crude oil from one state, say Western Tennessee, across Arkansas, and then into Oklahoma. As an Arkansas landowner, what should you do?  Nothing is more important than knowing your rights and seeking competent legal counsel.

In Arkansas, interstate pipeline companies do have the power of eminent domain and can acquire an interest in a landowner's property for the purpose of burying their pipeline under most circumstances. The interest they acquire is limited though, and in most cases it is only an easement. The taking is not free; rather, the pipeline company must pay the landowner just compensation for the taking.  Most litigation involving pipeline eminent domain cases involve the amount of just compensation.

Just compensation is determined on a case by case basis and depends on the facts of each landlowner&…