Category: Eminent Domain and Condemnation

Finding Middle Ground

Several years ago I spoke at the International Legislators Forum, which is an annual meeting of legislators from Manitoba, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota put on by the Consensus Council.  The forum “provides an opportunity for delegates to share information, understand problems, build relationships, and develop collaborative agreements on a wide variety of issues….” … Read More

Easements, Eminent Domain, and Landowner Rights

Easements are a recurring issue for landowners and I regularly receive calls with a number of common questions.  As oil and gas gathering infrastructure catch up with the boom, landowners in the region will continue to receive requests for easements. If you receive an easement proposal, it is an important preliminary question whether the developer … Read More

Regulators consider first major pipeline since DAPL

Attorney Derrick Braaten quoted in story about new pipeline: Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten, who represents about a handful of landowners along the proposed route, also petitioned to intervene in the case. The landowners want to make sure their interests are protected as they negotiate easements, with a focus on proper land reclamation, Braaten said. Regulators … Read More

Eminent Domain Abuse

In any eminent domain proceeding, there is a question of what amount is “just compensation” for the property being taken.  In my experience, there can be significant differences in how developers arrive at a compensation offer.  There is a serious need for clarification and amendments to the law in North Dakota to address the appropriate … Read More