Addressing Roads and Pipeline Easements in South Texas

South Texas roads and pipeline easements become a source of contention when an industry moves in as quick as we’ve seen in the Eagle Ford. Operators end up negotiating 95% of pipeline right-of-ways, but approximately 5% have to be condemned. That doesn’t make for a happy landowner.

In addressing road needs, one operator is donating $8,000 per well to a road fund in Dewitt County.¬†Creative solutions will be needed. You can’t add heavy trucks to roads without more frequent maintenance. Road funds and increased tax payments will come and in a couple of years it will all equal out. In the mean¬†time, a compliment should go to operators who are acting early in addressing the needs of the communities.

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