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SENECAVILLE Pipeline contracts are the hot item in Eastern Ohio.
Farmland owners are being asked to sign right-of-way grants on a regular basis. Like an oil and gas lease, there are many items of importance for the landowner to consider prior to signing a right-of-way grant.
Ohio State University Extension is holding educational meetings around the state which cover important considerations for landowners.
The most important item for a landowner to do prior to signing any contract is to consult with an attorney. Next, find out what type of line is being considered: is it a gathering line, collection line, intrastate or interstate transportation line. Each system has different regulatory standards and agencies responsible for oversight. Below are additional points of consideration:
What is the proposed location of the line?
Are state or soil and water standards for installation being followed for construction?
What are the width of the temporary work easement and the width of the final easement?
Can apparatuses be placed on the right-of-way? Will these items create noise? Increase your level of burden?
What if springs, tiles, or water drainage is impacted?
How will things be reseeded?
What if timber is damaged or removed?
Is the landowner held harmless in case of accidents?
When are payments due, and the consequences of nonpayment?
Do you have a contact person indicated in the agreement?
The above mentioned questions in regards to right-of-way agreements are just a few of the important items for landowners to consider. At the April 18 Pipeline Easement and Right-of-Way Agreement Workshop being held at the Secrest Senior Center, 201 High Street, Senecaville, we will discuss these items in more detail. The program runs from 7 to 9 p.m.. Registration is $5 and must be received by April 16. Register by calling or visiting the Guernsey County office of OSU Extension in Old Washington, 740-489-5300. Registration forms with the offices address and other details can be downloaded at http://guernsey.osu.edu/topics/agriculture-and-natural-resources/2009-agriculture-natural-resources-master-gardener-calendar.