Pipeline Cos. See Easier Takings Route In Texas With Denbury

By Jess Krochtengel (January 6, 2017, 9:59 PM EST) -- Pipeline companies in Texas will be better armed in court battles over the right to use eminent domain after the state Supreme Court spelled out Friday the kind of evidence they can use to establish they are common carriers with the right to take property, in a decision holding Denbury Resources had met that yardstick.

While pipeline industry lawyers say the court's Friday decision is still a relatively high bar to exercise the power of eminent domain compared to the standard that applied before 2012, they are happy the court emphasized Texas' robust public policy favoring pipeline development and said it...

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