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

Pipeline Recovery

excavation & removal

Damage Assessment

of easements

Pipeline Appraisal

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Breaking Down Barriers: Resolving Easement Disputes in Indian Tribal Lands

Easement issues related to Indian tribes in the United States often involve legal and jurisdictional complexities, as tribal lands are subject to unique legalities. First, there are jurisdictional concerns. We have to determine which entity has jurisdiction over the easement and this can be complicated. Tribal lands are considered sovereign nations, and issues may arise regarding whether federal, state, or tribal law governs the easement.

New easements need to obtain consent and approval from the tribal government since it is on highly protected tribal lands. This process always involves negotiations and discussions to ensure that the tribe’s interests or concerns are adequately addressed. We help negotiate fair compensation for the proposed easement and the use of their land and resources. What constitutes fair terms can be a point of contention, however, we have experience in dealing with tribal easements and addressing concerns. 

Tribal lands often hold significant cultural and environmental value. Easement agreements must take into account the potential impact on sacred sites, cultural resources, and the environment, with provisions to protect these aspects. We always coordinate with tribal authorities to make sure that the easement aligns with the tribe’s land development plans.

Depending on the nature of the easement, federal agencies may be involved in the approval process. Compliance with federal regulations and obtaining necessary permits may be required. The historical context and any relevant treaties between the federal government and the tribe may impact easement negotiations. Understanding the legal history and context is something we know how to navigate. Clarity can help prevent disputes and ensure that the easement serves its intended purpose without unnecessary complications.

We have the experience to understand the unique legal status of Indian tribes and their inherent sovereignty. Tribal governments have the authority to govern their own land which impacts how easement disputes are handled. Federal laws like the Indian Land Consolidation Act and relevant tribal laws will shape the legal framework for easement disputes.

Building relationships and understanding the tribe’s perspective is imperative for successful easement dispute resolution. We establish open and respectful communication with tribal leaders, legal representatives, and community members.  We recognize and respect the tribe’s customary land use practices and cultural traditions which can help in finding solutions that align with tribal values while addressing the concerns of the easement holder. 

If the easement dispute involves compensation, we can determine that fee and negotiate fair and equitable terms that are acceptable and beneficial for both parties. Clear documentation helps prevent future disputes and provides a framework for the ongoing tribal easement relationship.

Building trust, understanding tribal perspectives, and engaging in open communication are key elements for breaking down barriers and finding mutually beneficial solutions.

Ask about our previous tribal easement dispute resolutions.  Contact us today!

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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.