May 2019, Vol. 246, No. 5


Interstate Pipeline Companies: Condemning the State in Federal Court

By Richard G. Scott, Attorney, Rutter & Roy, LLP In New Jersey, it is almost impossible for an interstate pipeline company to build a significant pipeline project without crossing state-owned land or land in which the state holds some form of interest. Several of our clients have had facilities in the state since the 1950s and, since that time, as they revisit properties for looping projects, they find that some of these properties have become state parks, preserved open space or even preserved farmland. In each of these instances, when attempting to negotiate for additional right-of-way, the company must deal with the fact that the state holds

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