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

Salvage & Recovery Services


Our pipeline salvage services include the excavation and removal of the abandoned pipeline. We employ the following procedure for the salvaging of pipelines:

1. Purchase of pipeline and conveyance of right of way, recording of conveyance so that property is in the name of Pipeline Equities and legally recorded in the jurisdiction of the pipeline and easement. All liability is assured by Pipeline Equities as recorded owner of property.

2. Notification of landowners by letter, phone and personal contact of intent to enter right of way on their property. This process is handled by Pipeline Equities personnel with many years experience dealing with leaseholders and landowners. Great care is given in this key process as these are the gatekeepers and must be dealt with effectively.

3. Excavation, restoration of right of way, removal of pipe and residue or non-removal.* Removal starts with our spread never more than 1 mile long. (From beginning trackhoe at the front to right of way restoration bulldozer at the end.) In between, we cut and load pipe and remove from the right of way.

pipeline salvage and recovery

20 inch pipe after backfill, ready to cut and load

4. Recording of right-of-way easements back to landowners. This is generally a trade out with landowners for the privilege of entering right of way. We record right of way back to original owner, therefore clearing title and restoring whatever right of way was conveyed to Pipeline Equities. This action is generally very pleasing to landowners and has created much good will.

* Non-removal: cap and abandon in place at road crossings, encroachments, ponds, lakes, rivers and crops and according to Railroad Commission guidelines.


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Pipeline Recovery Manual

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

Sign up for our free newsletter to receive your complimentary copy of our Pipeline Recovery Manual that explains our entire process for recovering or salvaging idled or abandoned pipelines.

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.