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Federal Guidance for Pipeline Rights-of-Way


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Title: Federal Guidance for Pipeline Rights-of-Way

Federal Guidance for Pipeline Rights-of-Way
  • Daron K. Moore
  • El Paso Pipeline Group
  • November 16, 2007

Major Discussion Points
  • On the Right-of Way
  • Near the Right-of-Way
  • Existing Guidance
  • Possible Future Guidance

On the Right-of-Way
  • Easement agreements are legal documents in place
    now and into the future
  • Pipeline operators need publics cooperation with
    early notice of intent to build on or alter
    right-of-way, heavy equipment operation on ROW
  • Operators need to notify public of safety needs
    and how easement is affected

Connecticut Easement and Surroundings
Off the Right-of-Way
  • No easement or other legal agreements exist
  • Publics activities may affect pipeline safety
  • Full recognition of siting and acceptance of
    responsibility is necessary
  • Activities which affect pipeline safety need to
    be considered
  • Blasting
  • Contouring or terracing
  • Clear cutting

Connecticut Easement and Surroundings
Existing Guidance
  • Easement agreements and other legal documents are
    only existing guidance, others are less formal or
    very specific
  • Pipeline operators work within bounds of easement
    agreements, can only affect easement
  • Following authorization from the easement holder,
    the public can work on easements or around
    easements, and can affect safety both ways

Possible Future Guidance
  • Easement structure threat characterization
  • Walls and fences
  • Excavations (pools, decks, roads)
  • Large vegetation
  • Written guidance of publics responsibilities
  • Federal regulations would seem difficult due to
    varying physical characteristics, types and ages
    and dimensions of easements, and lack of
    jurisdiction over near right-of-way users

Conclusions and Possible Solutions
  • Pipeline safety is paramount and must be key
    factor in all deliberations
  • Effective land use planning, zoning, and real
    estate disclosures are community issues
  • Early public disclosure of planned activities to
    existing pipeline operators and early pipeline
    disclosure of new pipelines
  • All parties must accept responsibility for
    actions, along both existing and new pipelines
  • All parties (operators, excavators, landowners,
    developers, regional government, etc) should
    accept responsibility and have needs and desires
    represented in PIPA process, but open discussion
    and willingness to recognize needs of other
    parties is critical
  • Federal guidance exists in regulations and is
    adequately flexible to meet most needs further
    needs are addressed on individual basis and are
    enforceable on the ROW by regulatory agencies
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