Resolving Power Line Disputes in Eminent Domain Cases
Utilities require vast tracts of land to establish infrastructure. In Texas,
utility companies possess eminent domain authority to confiscate private
land for utility lines, pipelines, and more. A common example involves
taking easements or rights-of-way for power lines.
With the increased emphasis on renewable sources of energy such as wind
and solar power, the need for electrical transmission lines has also increased.
Power line projects typically require a continuous route that stretches
dozens or even hundreds of miles. While these projects may only require
rights-of-way, the presence of high-voltage transmission lines can still
degrade your property value. Both small- and large-scale projects take
a steep toll on property owners.
Discuss the implications of a power line on your land in a
Know Your Rights
If your property has been targeted for a power line project, you should
take steps to protect yourself.
You have important rights as a landowner, including:
The right to due process: Utilities cannot simply swoop in and take your property. They must provide
you with adequate notice and an opportunity to be heard. You have the
right to challenge the exercise of eminent domain - even in court, if
The right to just compensation: The utility must compensate you not only for the fair market value of the
property, but also for any detrimental impact on your property as a whole.
You have the right to hire your own appraiser to evaluate the loss.
Don't give up important property rights by accepting the first offer
that comes your way. The utility company is looking out for its own interests,
not yours. Level the playing field with our help.
Trusted Legal Advice from Houston Eminent Domain Attorneys
At McDowell Wells, LLP, we work exclusively to protect your rights and
interests. Our Houston eminent domain lawyers regularly represent Texas
landowners and homeowners in eminent domain matters. We can help ensure
that you get fair compensation for your property. Our team can also challenge
the taking. If needed, we will apply time-tested litigation skills to
fight for your interests in
Discover what rights and options are available to you. We can listen to
your concerns and work closely with you to develop a tailored strategy
that aims to maximize your interests.
Contact our firm
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