Eminent Domain Pitfalls For Oil And Gas Operators

Law360, New York (October 10, 2013, 2:59 PM ET) -- Drive around Ohio and you can see road projects wherever you go. The government is widening roads, expanding roads and making new roads. Such projects almost always involve, in part, the government’s power of eminent domain — the power to seize private property for public use.

Under both the Ohio and United States Constitutions, the government has the power to do so, but must pay just compensation to the owners of the private property. In addition, under various state and federal statutes, public utilities and telecommunications...
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