Gas Pipeline Company to Condemn 30 Properties in Bradford County to Obtain Rights of Way
This just in from The Daily Review, a Bradford County, PA newspaper published in lovely, formerly sleepy Towanda, the town where people can no longer hear themselves think because the fracking truck traffic is so intense:
“Bradford County Prothonotary Sally Vaughn tells the Bradford County commissioners Thursday that the 30 proposed condemnations that she holds will take someone in her office two weeks to process.”
At last Thursday’s Bradford County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners
listened to a short presentation that Bradford County Prothonotary Sally Vaughn made on the effect that the natural gas industry has had on her office, which she characterized as “pretty huge.”
…Vaughn said she was motivated to attend the commissioners’ meeting on Thursday after a company in the natural gas industry filed 30 proposed condemnations of properties with her office that same morning.
She estimated it would take one of her staff two weeks to take care the filing of the 30 proposed condemnations.
“I don’t think we’ve ever received 30 condemnations all at once,” she said.
Vaughn said she had not had a chance to review the condemnations in depth, but said they probably involve a gas-related company seeking to acquire the right-of-ways for the installation of pipelines. Bradford County Commissioner-elect Daryl Miller said the condemnations involve acquiring rights-of-way for the installation of interstate gas transmission lines, since gas companies cannot obtain rights of ways by eminent domain for gas gathering lines.
It appeared that most, if not all, of the proposed condemnations were filed by Central New York Oil & Gas, Vaughn said.
The condemnation process for pipeline rights of way starts when the landowner refuses to accept the gas company’s monetary offer for the right of way, Vaughn said. As part of the condemnation process, the gas company is required to set aside an amount that it will use to acquire the right-of-way, and Vaughn said she will now have to open and maintain 30 different bank accounts containing those funds…
Read the full story here.
Thanks to the chain of sharp eyes which spotted it, including former DCNR Secretary John Quigley, Dick Martin of the Forest Coalition, and Rebecca Roter of Susquehanna County.
Need more information about the condemnations? The writer of this article, James Loewenstein of the Daily Review, can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org