Energy Boom Tests State Eminent Domain Laws

Law360, New York (May 12, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT) -- The U.S. energy boom is fueling new disputes over companies' ability to condemn private property through eminent domain for pipelines and other large projects, forcing developers to break new legal ground in states that aren't historic areas for energy development and lack sufficient statutes and case law to deal with the sudden surge.

Historic levels of U.S. oil and gas production have increased demand for new energy infrastructure, thrusting eminent domain issues into the spotlight. Recently The Williams Cos. Inc. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP pulled the plug on a natural gas liquids pipeline project after a Kentucky court ruled they...

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