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

Discussing Damage Assessment to Pipeline Easements

Assessing the damage to pipeline easements involves evaluating the condition of the land and infrastructure associated with the pipeline corridor. When damage occurs, whether due to natural causes, construction activities, or other factors, a thorough damage assessment is crucial. 

An easement in essence is a legal entitlement that grants an individual the privilege to utilize someone else’s property for a specific intent. A pipeline easement, in particular, confers upon the easement holder the authority to establish and uphold a pipeline on a landowner’s premises. However, this arrangement doesn’t confer actual land ownership upon the easement holder; it solely imparts the right to use the land exclusively for pipeline-related activities. This easement is “attached” to the land, implying that it endures with the property and applies to all forthcoming property proprietors. To formalize this agreement, a documented easement contract must be drafted, bearing the signature of the landowner, and subsequently filed with the local county recorder’s office. 

Usually, a pipeline easement is of an enduring nature and lacks a predefined expiration date, although parties can opt for an easement that remains valid for a specific timeframe. The legal concept denoted by the term “right-of-way agreement” aligns with that of an easement. 

When damages to the easement contract occur, there exist three distinct justifications for considering severance damages. These encompass:

  • Alteration in the most optimal and productive use of the property.
  • Elevated expenses or limitations imposed on current activities.
  • Constraints imposed on potential future development or utilization.

The estimation of severance damages will be conducted by assessing projected remedial expenses.

When damages to the easement itself occur, a pipeline integrity check needs to look for signs of corrosion, leaks, or structural damage. We assess any infrastructure built along the pipeline easement, such as access roads, bridges, culverts, and facilities. Then, we check for structural damage and functionality issues. We also evaluate the potential environmental impact of the damage, considering factors like soil erosion, contamination, impacts on local wildlife, and water sources which is crucial for regulatory compliance and environmental restoration efforts.

Thorough preliminary research and preparation stand as the optimal approach to guarantee the pipeline appraisal’s credibility and dependability. This involves giving sufficient attention from the outset, encompassing the identification of partial interests, scrutiny of language within the easement agreement, conducting an exhaustive search for the most pertinent comparable data, and comprehensive analysis. Conversely, when the assignment’s scope lacks clarity or is not adhered to appropriately, the resultant analysis and conclusions will be deceptive and untrustworthy.

Our team involves pipeline industry experts such as environmental consultants, geotechnical engineers, pipeline engineers, and legal advisors.  We take in the complexity and extent of the damage to the pipeline easement, then we successfully quantify the extent of the damage in terms of financial cost, environmental impact, and safety risks. This information is essential for insurance claims, pipeline repair budgeting, and prioritizing pipeline restoration efforts.

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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.