Chris Kulander in the Dallas Morning News: Rural Collin County Landowner Fighting Seaway Oil Pipeline Project


The 500-mile pipeline that crosses Freddy Davenport’s land was designed 37 years ago to siphon crude from the Gulf Coast and transport it to Oklahoma. Since May 2012, it has been moving oil the other way around...

Though it’s easy to portray pipeline companies as tyrants pushing around helpless landowners, the statewide picture is more nuanced, said Christopher Kulander, an attorney for international law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP who also teaches oil and gas law.

Pipeline operators generally agree to landowners’ demands if they consider them reasonable, Kulander said. These might include burying the pipeline below plough depth or providing temporary crossings at points requested by landowners.

“When they’re open to those kind of demands, you don’t get any court cases to read about,” Kulander said. “A lot of these cases get ironed out before they get to the courthouse."

Excerpted from the Dallas Morning News, October 29, 2013. To view full article, click here.

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