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Pipeline project may affect homeowners in northwest Ohio, Michigan

Map shows the path of the proposed pipeline (Source: Energy Transfer Partners) Map shows the path of the proposed pipeline (Source: Energy Transfer Partners)
(Toledo News Now) -

Property owners in the northwest Ohio area will soon be asked to sell easements of their property to a natural gas pipeline company.

While work on a new Sunoco pipeline is ramping up in Seneca County, another project is beginning. A new Rover pipeline will stretch from Pennsylvania, through Ohio and Michigan, and will enter Canada.

The new pipeline will be built by Energy Transfer Partners, and will move natural gas from fracking operations in Pennsylvania through the heart of Ohio to the midwest hub in Defiance, then send it north to Michigan where it will be received in Canada.

Due to eminent domain laws, natural gas companies have the right to purchase private property for the pipeline in Seneca, Hancock, Wood, Henry, Defiance and Fulton counties in Ohio.

If your property comes up for purchase, eminent domain specialists want you to know that you do have options.

"They make things sound like it's an emergency and that you have to make a decision right away, [but] you don't. You do have time," said eminent domain lawyer Michael Braunstein with the Goldman & Braunstein Law Firm out of Columbus. "They do have the power of eminent domain, but there are a lot of protections in the federal statutes for land owners. There is no huge rush; you have time to consult with advisors and determine what the best course of action is for you."

If you need more information on eminent domain statutes, you can contact the Goldman & Braunstein Law Firm by calling toll free at 888-231-2554.

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