Eighth Circuit Flushes All Challenges to Pipeline Condemnation

April 1, 2014
Suzanne Ilene Schiller
MGKF Litigation Blog

Landowners who find themselves in the path of an oil or gas pipeline quickly learn that their rights are limited, and that a pipeline company granted a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity hold most of the cards. Thus, the recent decision in Alliance Pipeline, L.P. v. 4,360 Acres of Land, No. 13-1003 (8th Cir. Mar. 24, 2014), which in a mere 10 pages washed aside the landowners' challenges Alliance Pipeline's condemnation action, comes as no surprise.  Read the full blog post.