Just in time for Christmas. If you’re in harm’s way, lock the gate and call a lawyer. Don’t sell out cheap and have your land ruined. You knew this was going to happen.
The New York State Office of the Attorney General has taken a complaint, filed by a landowner who received a threatening letter from Constitution Pipeline, and submitted it to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This action may indicate that the AG’s office is beginning to respond to complaints by the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities, the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and others over the tactics of Constitution’s Lawyers. The AG’s submission to FERC includes a copy of a complaint form in which a landowner states that not only has he received a threatening letter from Constitution’s lawyers but also that representatives of Constitution have trespassed on his posted private property on multiple occasions.
A copy of the AG’s submission can be viewed here:
Constitution has retained several local law firms to act on their behalf during eminent domain proceedings against landowners, including Stockli Slevin & Peters, LLP, a firm involved in the compressed natural gas plant proposed for a rural tract in the Town of Duanesburg, which withdrew its application in response to organized resistance by Town residents.
As of close of business yesterday Constitution has filed condemnations complaints against 110 landowners and is expected to serve those landowners with legal papers during Christmas and New Year’s week.
The Center urges landowners who have been served legal papers by Constitution to seek legal assistance from attorneys familiar with eminent domain proceedings. Landowners who suspect that pipeline crews have entered their property without permission should immediately contact law enforcement.
They may also contact the Center’s Land Owner Response Line at: 800-795-1467. Call now.
The Center will dispatch available volunteers to assist the landowner in documenting pipeline crew activity and condemnation counseling.