JACKSON — An informational meeting will be held by a Columbus law firm at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Jackson dealing with a natural gas pipeline anticipated to be constructed through Vinton, Jackson, parts of Gallia and Lawrence County, according to a press release.
The Columbus law firm of Goldman & Braunstein, attorneys dealing in in eminent domain, pipeline and easement law, will hold a free informational meeting for landowners impacted by the pipeline at 6 p.m., Tues., Dec. 12, at the Quality Inn at 605 E. Main Steet in Jackson. All interested parties are invited to attend.
International pipeline company TransCanada, reportedly the same company that built the controversial Keystone Pipeline, plans to construct 64 miles of 36-inch diameter pipe in Vinton, Jackson and Lawrence counties between McArthur and Burlington. The proposed route with reportedly pass through MacArthur, Hamden, Wellson, Jackson, Oak Hill, Markin Fork, South Point and Burlington valve sites.
According to a press release, 80 percent of the pipeline will be within the existing right-of-way corridor and 20 percent will require new right-of-way, according to TransCanada’s preliminary filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The pipeline will connect with the new Columbia Leach Xpress pipeline that was constructed this year between Marshall County, W. Va., and Hocking County, Ohio.
The project has potential ramifications for landowners whose properties are located along the existing right-of-way, as well as for those whose property will be crossed for the first time. In addition to potential eminent domain concerns where new right-of-way is required, the pipeline could be built within the existing right-of-way under old easements where compensation could become a matter of question for landowners. However, the terms of the old easements will vary and the law may entitle landowners to more money than they could be offered.
According to transcanada.com, the company seeks to “ensure pipelines and facilities operate at optimum conditions.” The company wishes to modernize its material transportation routes and update aging infrastructure. Reportedly, TransCanada would replace a 24 and 20-inch diameter natural gas pipeline with 36-inch with a more reliable pipe coating to meeting growing market demand within Appalachia and beyond. The company’s website says it began its community outreach program in July 2017 and will file Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in January 2018. In March 2018, it plans to receive a certificate from the FERC and to begin construction in March 2019 with project in-service in November 2020.