Houston pipeline operator Enterprise Products Partners will have to renegotiate with a Brazoria County landowner who sought $3.4 million for a pipeline easement across his property, the Texas 1st Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
The decision overturns a November 2018 Brazoria County Court decision allowing the company to use eminent domain to acquire a 30-foot-wide swath of land from Terry Hlavinka for about $132,000 to route the Oyster Creek Lateral Project. The 49-mile pipeline moves propylene from Texas City to a petrochemical plant in Freeport.
The appeals court ruled that the pipeline was not a common carrier and therefore didn’t qualify for the type of eminent domain Enterprise sought to use.
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