The following information is intended to serve as a resource for landowners and residents, including those who may have an existing or proposed pipeline right-of-way on or near their property. Please note that landowners should not rely solely on this information to direct their land or financial decisions. This information is not intended to be, and should not be considered to be, a substitute for legal advice and planning. Any individual who undertakes suggestions presented hereafter, should do so only after consulting with an experienced professional advisor.
Below you will find information on the following:
- Landowners Resource Guide for Pipeline Easements and Rights-of-Way
- Finding Pipeline Locations and Operators
- Finding Pipeline Easements through the Recorder of Deeds
- Website and Publication Resources for Landowners
Landowners Resource Guide for Pipeline Easements and Rights-of-Way
The resource guide provided here is intended to serve as a resource for landowners and residents, including those who may have an existing or proposed pipeline right-of-way on or near their property. Links and resources on easements are included for those interested in more detailed information on the subject.
Please note that landowners should not rely solely on this information to direct their land or financial decisions. This information is advisory and not intended to be, and should not be considered to be, a substitute for legal advice and planning. Any individual who undertakes specific suggestions presented in the resource guide should do so only after consulting with an experienced professional advisor.
Finding Pipeline Locations and Operators
If you are interested in doing background research on a pipeline project, the Chester County Pipeline Information Center can help you locate the operators contact information. The interactive map will allow you to zoom into a specific area of interest, and includes information on the pipeline operators, if any, in that specific area.
View the interactive pipeline map here.
View pipeline operators here.
View information about active pipeline projects in Chester County here.
Finding Pipeline Easements through the Recorder of Deeds
Residents who believe they already have an easement on their land should not assume that the easement is listed on their deed. Some easements go back 80 years, and may or may not have been recorded at the county courthouse. That being said, you can obtain your deed information, as well as a title report for your property, by contacting the Chester County Recorder of Deeds and providing them with the parcel number you wish to know more about.
View the Chester County Recorder of Deeds website here.
Website and Publication Resources for Landowners
The following websites and publications provide guidance for landowners and residents interested in learning more about how pipelines and pipeline easements may impact their property. Information on guidance in the easement negotiation process is also provided through several of these resources.
The Chester County Bar Association has a lawyer referral service, where landowners can talk to a lawyer, who is licensed and insured, for an initial 30-minute consultation for $25. They are located at 15 W. Gay Street, 2nd Floor, West Chester, PA 19380.
View the lawyer referral service page here.
The Penn State Extension provides a website with guidance on negotiation of pipeline rights of way. This webpage discusses what a right-of-way is, the types of pipelines that can be housed in them, and other helpful pipeline information.
View the Penn State Extension's Negotiating Pipeline Rights-of-Way in Pennsylvania page here.
The Pipeline Safety Coalition (PSC) is a Pennsylvania Non-Profit that focuses on improving public, personal, and environmental safety in pipeline issues. PSC provides equal access to information, community mentoring, and facilitating productive communication between all parties involved in pipeline issues. PSC has also developed a list of considerations for landowners who are asked to sign easement agreements with a pipeline operator for a right of way.
View the Pipeline Safety Coalition's Landowner's Rights and Information page here.
The Pipeline Safety Trust, located in Bellingham, Washington, provides a landowner's guide to pipelines, which includes information on how pipelines are operated and regulated, what rights landowners hold, and how to find further information.
View the Pipeline Safety Trust's Landowner's Guide to Pipelines here.
The Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant is a law firm that focuses on FERC energy practice and policy, including federal siting and eminent domain. This law office has provided a guide to landowners, titled "Knowing and Protecting Your Rights When an Interstate Gas Pipeline Comes to Your Community." This primer was designed to provide information about FERC pipeline permitting.
View the Guide to: "Knowing and Protecting Your Rights When an Interstate Gas Pipeline Comes to Your Community" here.
FERC's An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on my Land? What do I need to Know?
Ohio State University Extension, Understanding and Negotiating Pipeline Easements
This fact sheet explains pipeline easements and reviews issues and terms for landowners to consider when negotiating an easement.
American Institute of CPAs, Condemnation of Pipeline Easements: The Landowners Perspective, 2014
This article explores income tax issues that commonly occur in connection with the conveyance of easements, with a focus on pipeline condemnation proceedings and planning issues and opportunities.
PA PUC and the utilities/products they regulate
This page discusses what the jurisdiction of the PA PUC is, and what the state legislature has empowered them to direct and enforce.