3rd Cir.: Natural Gas Pipeline Company Can Immediately Exercise Its Powers of Eminent Domain to Replace Deteriorating Pipeline
On September 26, 2014, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, holding that Columbia Gas Transmission Company, an interstate natural gas company regulated by FERC, has the right of eminent domain granted by 15 U.S.C. § 717f(h) to obtain easements over the land of objecting landowners, even when such new easements would be located outside of the existing right of way, in order to replace a deteriorating pipeline that is now located in a heavily populated area of Pennsylvania. The case is Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC v. 1.01 Acres, More or Less in Penn Township, York County, Pennsylvania, Located on Tax ID# 440002800150000000 Owned by Dwayne P. Brown and Ann M. Brown, et al.