Shawnee, OK asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma

Q: Do I have to give right a way for a pipeline for a oil company

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1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad
  • Edmond, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: This all depends on whether or not the property is being taken for eminent domain. If the company is a common carrier they may have this power. Eminent domain is often a condemnation for those who do not agree the the company's offer. Often companies offer a very low value.

If this is for a pipeline for production from below your property they may also have a right but must pay damages.

If the company does not fit into either of these categories, then they are seeking a private easement. You don't have to accept their offers.

At any rate, it is generally advisable to visit with an attorney experienced in eminent domain, oil and easements.

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