Texas Pipeline Industry Faces New Eminent Domain Hurdles

Law360, Dallas (May 28, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT) -- Pipeline companies in Texas are facing new procedural hurdles that could make it more difficult to claim they have the right to condemn privately owned land, as shown in two recent state appellate opinions that shed light on how to qualify as a common carrier, experts say.

The two decisions, in interlocutory appeals before the Beaumont Court of Appeals, have the potential to slow down the condemnation process by requiring companies to show proof upfront that their pipelines will serve a public purpose, according to attorneys....
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