Pipeline Equities
PO Box 571977
Houston, Texas 77257
Phone: 713-623-0690

Pipeline Recovery

excavation & removal

Damage Assessment

of easements

Pipeline Appraisal

pipeline property valuation

Answer: Why The Pipeline Industry Needs An Expert Witness

The pipeline industry often relies on expert witnesses due to the complex nature of pipeline operations, potential disputes, and the need for expert knowledge in legal proceedings. Pipeline expert witnesses play a crucial role in providing unbiased, informed, and credible testimony in pipeline-related cases.

A pipeline expert witness brought into clarify the facts in pipeline-related disputes. Disputes arise for a multitude of reasons both contractual and noncontractual. Pipelines transport chemically stable gases, fuels, crude and refined petroleum, liquids, and sewage over long distances. Many pipelines are used for substances that would otherwise pollute the environment.

When pipeline incidents occur that impact the environment, expert witnesses can assess the contamination of water bodies, soil, and air. Accidents or spills can endanger humans and the surrounding ecologies, the fallout of which needs to be resolved in court. Any number of accidents can occur.  For example, a pipeline leak could allow toxic or polluting substances into the environment, a community can object to a pipeline, or an environmental change can rupture a pipeline. If negligence needs to be established in a spill, contact us today! We can provide insights into mitigation measures and the potential consequences of spills or accidents. Our expertise aids in identifying negligence, liability, and the steps necessary to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Expert witnesses are needed in land and easement dispute cases which are established when pipelines have crossed property lines.  As expert witnesses in pipeline safety and regulations, we can educate courts and all parties about industry standards, regulations, and best practices to ensure compliance

Pipeline systems are sophisticated engineering projects involving materials selection, construction techniques, corrosion prevention, monitoring systems, and maintenance protocols. We understand these technical aspects and use them in assessing the root causes of disputes, such as leaks, ruptures, or failures. We understand that expert testimony that directly addresses the key issues of the case and helps to clarify matters that are essential to the jurors’ decision-making process is crucial to the outcome of the case.

Pipeline operations involve intricate engineering, materials, and technologies. As expert witnesses, we possess in-depth knowledge of these technical aspects, helping courts and parties involved understand the complexities of pipeline systems, construction, maintenance, and safety protocols.

When pipeline projects impact land value, expert witnesses specializing in property appraisal can provide insight into the economic implications of the pipeline’s presence or potential damages.

Have an Asbestos-related case? We possess a comprehensive understanding of both state and federal guidelines, regulations, and mandates pertaining to the proper management and treatment of asbestos materials present on pipelines. This encompasses protocols for removal, transportation, extraction, and the responsible disposal of such materials from the pipelines.

David Howell, the CEO of Pipeline Equities, holds the title of Senior Right of Way Agent (SRWA) as recognized by the International Right of Way Association. He possesses a thorough understanding of the ethical guidelines and codes of conduct governing the behavior of all individuals involved in activities related to an easement designated for oil, gas, or product pipelines.

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Pipeline Recovery Manual

A complete guide to the business of recovering out of use pipelines

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You will see how we deal with landowners regarding notification and recordings. How to draft a contract of sale with models by: Exxon, Texaco, Koch and others and pictures showing actual work in process.

The manual shows Pipeline Equities job references, right of way releases, agreements and the history and background of Pipeline Equities and managing partner David Howell. These references touch on parts of the six million feet of line removed or handled by the company over the past twenty years.

A line pipe table describing various weights, grades, and pressure ratings of ERW and seamless line pipe is included. This section is an indispensable tool for anyone doing operational word with line pipe.

Also included are extensive glossaries of pipe, pipeline, and right of way terms.

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Pipeline Appraisal Handbook

The Definitive How-To Guide on Establishing Values for Pipelines

This handbook written by David Howell, managing partner of Pipeline Equities is the basic text of any pipeline valuation. All of the essential factors for establishing the value of a pipeline are discussed along with exclusive proprietary formulas and tables essential to a certified appraisal.

Also included are 32 pages of pipe weight and grades tables that cover virtually any situation which might be encountered regarding line pipe requirements. Additionally you’ll find an extensive glossary of pipe, pipeline and right of way terminology is part of the Handbook.

Subjects include: Replacement, Right of Way, Surface Inventory, Throughput, Salvage/Recovery, and comparable sales histories to name a few of the basic factors of pipeline appraisal.

The author recognized a need for a report or “how to” manual for properly appraising pipelines and pipeline right of ways. Currently the work is being done by accounting firms, engineers, and real estate appraisers.

This handbook draws from 45 years of experience.

Howell has forty-five years experience in many sectors of the petroleum industry from drilling contractor and oil and gas operator to pipe and supply distribution throughout the world. He has published Tradex Equipment magazine, the Whole World Oil Directory, and the Texas Oil Register.

For the past twenty years, Howell has been almost exclusively engaged in pipeline sales and acquisition, appraisal, removal for salvage, environmental remediation and general pipeline operations.

Howell currently serves on board of the Pipeline Appraisal Institute and is a member of the International Right of Way Association. Howell is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Kingsville and a native of Alice, Texas. He is currently residing in Houston and is the managing partner of Pipeline Equities.