Washington Court House, OH – Fayette County Farm Bureau will be hosting an informative meeting concerning pipeline easement issues currently affecting Fayette County citizens. The briefing will be held at the Fayette Ag Center, 1415 US Highway 22 SW, Washington Court House, OH 43160 Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. The program will be facilitated by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Director for Energy, Utility and Local Government Issues, Dale Arnold.
“Long-term energy demand and new drilling technology have sparked interest in tapping into the Marcellus and Utica Shale deposits in parts of the Appalachian plateau. Other energy service providers are revisiting many areas of western Ohio that saw oil and gas development in the twentieth century, too.” Arnold said.
“Representatives from pipeline and energy development companies are contacting residents in the region and many folks have a number of questions and concerns,” said Andy Dill, President of the Fayette County Farm Bureau. “We understand that these representatives are requesting to work with landowners to conduct preliminary surveys and environmental evaluations across farm ground. “The Fayette County Farm Bureau recommends that landowners contacted by pipeline and energy development companies schedule a time for the company to survey the property when the landowner can accompany them in the process.”
The initial survey is an important time where the landowner can meet additional company representatives, write down names and contact information, discuss the farm’s specific soil and water conservation requirements and note all farm resources and infrastructure that could be impacted during a possible construction project.
If asked to sign complex agreements and associated paperwork, landowners have the right to have their legal counsel examine all materials. “Take your time – It is still early in the project development process,” Arnold said. “”Farmers are realizing that many aspects of a pipeline easement agreement are not boilerplate, but highly negotiable.”
The meeting is free for current Farm Bureau members and $20 for non-members. Please contact Fayette County Farm Bureau at 800-443-6830 with any further questions. RSVPs are expected at 1-800-443-6830 or [email protected].