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August 22, 2013

Consult lawyer before signing away rights

The proposed Constitution Pipeline runs across my land, through the only place possible for building a home. It would render my property unbuildable, unmortgage-able, uninsurable and nearly worthless.

I refused to sign the easement agreement representing only 15 percent of the value of my land. It’s a minefield of legal traps, with a threatening letter stating that if I do not sign, they will take the easement anyway by using eminent domain. 

Here is what Constitution doesn’t want you to know about eminent domain: 

1. If many refuse to sign an easement agreement, they may not get the permit required to build the pipeline.

2. If you sign, you give away your right to sue them for taking your property without fair compensation.

3. They don’t care about your loss of property value, your increase in liability insurance and your inability to get a mortgage. 

4. It costs them a lot of money to use eminent domain to force their way onto your land. 

5. Anything they told you is not enforceable in court.

6. If you sign, you enter into a business relationship with unknown future liabilities.

By telling Constitution “I refuse to sign”:

1. Only gas can be transported, no tar sands or other liquids.

2. No future pipelines or other utilities will be allowed.

3. You could still get paid, perhaps a lot more then they offered.

4. You have no liability.

5. You preserve your right to sue them later for the full value of your land. 

Before you consider signing anything from Constitution Pipeline, you should consult an attorney specializing in eminent domain.

Robert Lidsky


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