Appendix E: Pipelines—Transporting Shale Gas to Markets

What can be done to address health concerns? What have others done?

QUALITY OF LIFE

Property owners:  If your property might be impacted by the construction of an interstate pipeline – and thereby be subject to eminent domain – you will receive information on the process from FERC and from the pipeline operator, and will have the opportunity to participate in informational meetings to learn more about the proposed pipeline. Residents and municipalities can inform themselves about their options during the permitting process, and landowners can learn about negotiating an easement with the company (see the resources section below).

When eminent domain does not apply to the proposed pipeline, as with gathering lines in many states, property owners can accept or deny easement rights, with a certain amount of leverage in negotiating terms. Given the concerns about state capacity to regulate most gathering lines, property owners should carefully attend to matters of construction, inspection, and safety.