1. BELIEVING YOU DO NOT HAVE THE POWER TO SAY "NO" TO THE PIPELINE RIGHT-OF-WAY AGREEMENT.
Many landowners sign Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreements under the mistaken belief that they do not have the authority to say "NO" by virtue of the terms of their gas lease or even "Eminent Domain." Although virtually all gas leases give the gas company the ability to run pipelines across your property from a well in which you are unitized, the vast majority of agreements (and even the heavily company favored agreements entered into many years ago) preclude gas or pipeline companies from running pipelines across your property that carry gas from other units where the landowner has no unitized property. In other words, most gas leases do not grant companies the authority to construct gas lines to transport "Third Party Gas" or "Foreign Gas" across their property.
Do not just take a landman's word that you do not have the ability to say "No" when approached with a Pipeline Right-of Way Agreement. If you are approached with a Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreement contact The Clark Law Firm IMMEDIATELY! Attorney Douglas Clark can review your original gas lease and advise you of your rights to refuse or substantially negotiate a potential Pipeline Right-of-Way Easement across your property. Do not sign ANY contracts with a gas or pipeline company unless you understand your rights and call The Clark Law Firm.
2. SIMPLY ACCEPTING THE COMPANY "FORM" PIPELINE RIGHT-OF-WAY AGREEMENT.
No landowner should sign any agreement with a pipeline installation company without completely understanding the impact of the agreement for the short and potentially very long term. The "form" couple page Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreement is an extremely powerful document specifically designed by the pipeline company lawyers to the company's extreme benefit and may negatively impact the land for many generations.
Landowners should NEVER enter into a Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreement with a gas or pipeline installation company without negotiating the Agreement through a qualified and skilled attorney versed in pipeline operations and contract terms. In order to maximize current financial compensation, future compensation opportunities, and crucial property protections, this "form" company designed document must be vigorously challenged and negotiated to protect you and your valuable property for generations.
Attorney Douglas Clark has personally visited and inspected pipeline operations and has negotiated numerous Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreements with many pipeline installation companies all across Pennsylvania. Due to the volume of negotiations for current and past clients, Attorney Clark often has the opportunity to negotiate directly with pipeline installation company employees and by-pass the "middle men" and field agents in the negotiation process. Attorney Clark's extensive experience in understanding and negotiating Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreements is an invaluable asset to his landowner clients considering Pipeline Right-off-Way Agreements.
3. FAILING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT PIPELINE AGREEMENT TERMS SHOULD BE NEGOTIATED.
Many landowners mistakenly believe that even if they can say "No" to a Pipeline Easement Agreement, they have no ability, or only a limited ability to negotiate the proposed Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreement.
Attorney Douglas Clark has been on the forefront of negotiating landowner friendly Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreements across the entire state for Pennsylvania landowners. The Clark Law Firm has proudly maximized financial compensation and protective terms for landowners all across Pennsylvania and as far away as Green County, Pennsylvania.
The Clark Law Firm understands what Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreement terms need to be eliminated and what terms must be strengthened to benefit the landowner. By negotiating Pipeline Agreements every day, Attorney Douglas Clark has knowledge of the ever changing market and what invaluable property protections must be sought and what protections landowners are receiving across the state. Attorney Clark brings his extensive experience into each and every Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreement negotiation on behalf of his landowner clients.
4. FAILING TO MAXIMIZE COMPENSATION AND PROTECT THE PROPERTY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
Standard company Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreements are entirely insufficient to protect the property owner!!! Many of the standard contract terms may be negotiated by the skilled lawyer to the extreme benefit of the landowner. However, in order to affectively negotiate these Pipeline Easement Agreements, the attorney must have a detailed understanding of pipeline construction operations, an intricate knowledge of Pipeline Agreement terms, and the ability to negotiate and craft complex contract language to the benefit of the landowner.
The Clark Law Firm maintains that Pipeline Right-of-Way agreements must be negotiated to maximize current and future financial compensation while protecting the landowner's property for future generations.
5. FAILING TO HIRE AN EXPERIENCED AND QUALIFIED GAS AND PIPELINE ATTORNEY WITH THE TOOLS TO EFFECTIVELY NEGOTIATE PIPELINE AGREEMENTS ON BEHALF OF THE LANDOWNER.
There are extensive pitfalls and issues that must be fully understood and addressed in detail when engaging in Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreement negotiations. The landowner or inexperienced attorney may easily overlook critical terms and protections that may be available to the great benefit of the landowner.
The Clark Law Firm negotiates Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreements on a daily basis. Our clients receive the benefit of an experienced attorney negotiator who battles with multiple pipeline installation companies day in and day out. Attorney Clark's daily interaction with landowners considering Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreements and negotiations with various companies simultaneously keeps The Clark Law firm at the forefront of the Pipeline Agreement negotiation arena. Attorney Clark constantly seeks to incorporate new ideas into Pipeline Agreement negotiations and push the envelope to the benefit of his clients.
BONUS MISTAKE: BE AWARE!!!!
REPEATING THE SAME MISTAKES MADE BY LANDOWNERS DURING THE GAS LEASING PROCESS.
Unfortunately, landowners are repeating similar, serious and long term impacting mistakes that they or others made during the gas leasing process. All landowners must learn from the mistakes made during the gas leasing phase of Marcellus Shale development. Landowners who regret contacting a qualified and knowledgeable attorney to represent their interest in gas leasing negotiations should never repeat those mistakes when approached with a Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreement.
Landowners contact The Clark Law Firm and consistently talk about their regrets in failing to contact a qualified attorney to help them effectively negotiate to maximize compensation and property protections during the gas leasing process. Do not go into Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreement negotiations by yourself or an unqualified or inexperienced attorney on your side. Attorney Doug Clark has extensive experience in negotiating Pipeline Agreements all across Pennsylvania for the benefit of Pennsylvania landowners. Attorney Douglas Clark always fights for the little guy in these serious contract negotiations.
Remember, Gas Lease Agreements often carry terms of 5 years or even less. However, many Pipeline Agreements are indefinite or may extend for hundreds of years!!! These are extremely serious contracts that may impact the property for generations and require serious legal representation. Contact The Clark Law Firm to negotiate the terms of your proposed Pipeline Right-of-Way Agreement. We will help!