Easement Acquisition Process

Williams works to design facilities that will have the least possible impact on communities and the environment. For the Northeast Supply Enhancement project, Williams would optimize existing right of ways to minimize how much temporary workspace adjacent to the permanent easement is needed during construction. All temporary workspace will be returned to the landowner after construction and restored for his or her full use.


Transco pipeline right of way

If you are affected by pipeline construction, a Williams representative will meet with you to make certain the job is performed with the least possible impact to you and the environment. Our land representatives will be available before, during and after the project to discuss any special concerns you may have.

Williams is committed to dealing fairly with each landowner and paying each landowner for two things:

  1. A fair value, based upon market value principles and number of acres needed, for the privilege of establishing a permanent easement across their land.
  2. Damages to crops, grazing lands, timber or any structures directly caused by the construction and maintenance of the pipeline.

The landowner retains ownership of the land.  The easement (for right-of-way) only gives Williams the right to construct, maintain and operate a pipeline. Use of the land, with certain limitations, can remain the same as before construction.

Easement Valuation

The valuation of the easement will be determined by the market value of land in the area. This is determined by independent sources, such as county deed and tax records, local appraisers, real estate brokers and other real estate professionals, and considers such factors as length, width, existing use and comparable land sales in the area. Impact to the remaining property may also be considered. This information will be shared with the landowner and fair compensation will be offered.


After construction of the pipeline, most uses of the surface of the land will be allowed, including farming activities such as crop production or raising livestock. Two notable exceptions include planting trees within the easement or placing a permanent structure within the easement, both of which are prohibited.