NiSource Moves Forward With Chester County Pipeline


NiSource, the parent of Columbia Gas, is seeking easements and FERC approval of a pipeline construction and operation.

Columbia is seeking to obtain voluntary grants of easements. While the agreements may work out, owners should always be careful with what they sign. The help of a lawyer is mandatory. There are plenty of good land-use and title attorneys in Pennsylvania, and if an owner is satisfied that the right amount is to be paid, and the owner accepts that his property is to be taken, litigation is not always the correct route.  Yet, sometimes owners have no choice in fighting back.

The beginning of the assessment also marks the start of the “scoping” process, during which the commission will gather feedback about the project from the public and any interested agencies. The scoping process will end July 8.


During this time, Columbia, owned by NiSource, might contact landowners to discuss whether they can secure easements on land in the project’s path. Easements would allow the company to construct, operate and maintain pipeline facilities.


According to the commission, if the project is approved, it is also given the power of eminent domain, allowing Columbia to condemn properties where they could not reach an agreement about compensation for the owners.

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