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Company will be installing 24" pipeline following ROW established in 1968. I am not sure if this is in addition to pipe already in place, or in replacement. I know they have the right to install, but don't they have to renegotiate a new cost per foot of new pipe with landowner?

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The answer will be found in the original agreement.  Each easement agreement is a matter of contract and the terms of the contract are negotiated and then strictly interpreted from the originally executed and subsequently recorded document.

The original agreement will dictate whether they can replace the line, add an additional line or if they are restricted, after installation, to just using the right of way/easement for maintenance.  You can obtain a copy of the original agreement from the company and if they will not provide it, from the Public Records at the County Clerk office.

Obtain the agreement and then read it slowly, out loud to someone else so you can concentrate on the words and the listener can concentrate on the meaning (even attorneys do this).

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Cliff Williams

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I will try to answer any question you have. Even if I reject a question, I still will give a shot at what I would do in your position. The only questions I will not take a shot at would be a highly technical engineering or geological question. I am beginning to see quite a few questions from land men and other oil companies and that doesn't matter to me either. I will attempt to help.

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I am an oil and gas attorney that has been in the business for more than 20 years. I have held a series 22 and 63 securities license, been in oil and gas operations, land man, division order analyst all prior to obtaining my law degree. Today, I typically write title opinions verifying ownership of oil and gas minerals, assist landowners in negotiations on oil, gas and mineral leases, easements and conveyances. I also assist oil and gas companies with the sale of working interest ownership as well as common business law issues.

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State Bar of Texas, Member of the Tarrant County Bar and the Dallas County Bar Associations.

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Multiple oil and gas topical columns on ezine.com.

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I have a B.S. degree which I rely upon more than my Business Mgmt degree or Law degree...

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