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

Pipeline Recovery

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Damage Assessment

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Pipeline Appraisal

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Land Rights and Responsibilities: A Landowner’s Guide to Pipeline Easements

Are you trying to navigate the legalities of a potential pipeline easement on your land? Since you are granting a pipeline company to use a portion of your land for their pipeline, you must fully understand the terms of any easement agreement and consult with legal counsel before signing. This includes the length of the easement, the specific rights granted, and any compensation. 

Did you buy land with a pipeline easement? Pipeline easement contracts are often bundled in the sale of a property at which point you will want to familiarize yourself with land rights and responsibilities.

In some cases when an agreement cannot be reached with a landowner, pipeline companies may seek the right of eminent domain. This legal process allows the company to use private land for public utility purposes, often after compensation is determined through a legal process.

Landowners will usually receive a one-time payment or a recurring fee for allowing the easement on their property. The valuation of the easement often depends on the land’s market value and the impact of the pipeline on that value. 

Pipeline easements usually come with restrictions on how the land can be used above the pipeline. This might include limitations on building structures, planting certain types of trees, or altering the land in ways that could affect the pipeline. It is important to be clear about your rights during the pipeline’s construction and afterwards. This includes access to your property, restoration of the land post-construction, and any ongoing maintenance responsibilities. It is important that the pipeline easement contract outlines the conditions under which the easement can be terminated and the land restored if the pipeline is abandoned.

Understanding the safety measures the pipeline company will undertake is something many owners have overlooked in the past. This includes their plans for pipeline maintenance, emergency response, and environmental protection. You must consider the long-term impacts of the easement on your property, including potential resale value and any future land use plans you might have. You need to decide whether the pipeline is safe and fair to you.

You have the right to negotiate the terms of the easement agreement prior to construction.  After construction, you are limited to what is in the contract and how that contract can be exploited. Speaking with legal counsel ensures your rights are protected. They can assist in negotiations and help you understand any potential issues that may arise since each pipeline easement contract is unique. Legal counsel can help familiarize yourself with federal, state, and local regulations and ensure that the pipeline company is in compliance.  Don’t try to navigate this alone.

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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.