Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2380159
 


 



Involuntary Cotenants: Eminent Domain and Energy & Communications Infrastructure Growth


Andrew P. Morriss


Texas A&M School of Law; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Roy R. Brandys


Barron & Adler LLP

Michael Barron


Barron & Adler LLP

November 17, 2013

U of Alabama Legal Studies Working Paper No. 2380159

Abstract:     
The spread of renewable energy mandates, new discoveries of unconventional oil and gas, and the need to harden and upgrade telecommunications infrastructure will lead to expansions in large infrastructure easements over the next decade. Many of these easements will be taken by eminent domain. In this paper we examine the problems posed by this involuntary creation of co-ownership of land. Existing eminent domain laws are insufficient to address the problems created because they allow the courts to vary only one term: price. Given difficulty in pricing many of the other terms to the easements (e.g. indemnification agreements for landowners, controlling impacts on hunting leases, or compliance efforts to control invasive species), reforms are necessary to allow courts to substitute for the bargaining process that eminent domain short circuits.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 59

Keywords: eminent domain, electric utilities, pipelines, transmission lines, easements, cotenancy

working papers series





Download This Paper

Date posted: January 18, 2014  

Suggested Citation

Morriss, Andrew P. and Brandys, Roy R. and Barron, Michael, Involuntary Cotenants: Eminent Domain and Energy & Communications Infrastructure Growth (November 17, 2013). U of Alabama Legal Studies Working Paper No. 2380159. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2380159 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2380159

Contact Information

Andrew P. Morriss (Contact Author)
Texas A&M School of Law ( email )
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76133
United States
PERC - Property and Environment Research Center ( email )
2048 Analysis Drive
Suite A
Bozeman, MT 59718
United States
George Mason University - Mercatus Center ( email )
3434 Washington Blvd., 4th Floor
Arlington, VA 22201
United States
Roy R. Brandys
Barron & Adler LLP ( email )
808 Nueces Street
Austin, TX 78701
United States
Michael Barron
Barron & Adler LLP ( email )
808 Nueces Street
Austin, TX 78701
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 797
Downloads: 95
Download Rank: 165,342

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo5 in 0.359 seconds