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I have been offered $130.00 per rod for a 50 ft. wide, 12 in. petroleum line easement in Washington County Colorado.  The pipeline company insists this is a more than fair price, yet I see amounts of $1.00 per foot as a minimum price in other parts of the country.  I can find no prices on the internet for Colorado easements except for $65.00 per rod that the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners charged Front Range in December of 2012. Is the $133.00 per rod a fair price? The pipeline company insists on figuring crop damages, row damages, and value per acre of property crossed as the determining factor.

A rod is 16.5 feet and the $130/rod is the highest price I've heard of in Washington County for a right of way.  That is $7.88 per foot which is pretty nice.  Now the $1.00/foot prices that I've seen are for smaller gathering lines and not a main trunk line.  Also, remember to negotiate separately for ANY surface facility and make sure you are comfortable with the route of the pipeline because once you sign that document you are set.

I'm under the impression that Kinder-Morgan/Tall Grass is doing a little shifting and moving in the area also if this isn't associated with them.  The $130 appears to be just for the right of way and any crop damage, etc. will be figured separately.

You appear to have a pretty good offer in my book.


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