Stop the UN-Constitutional Pipeline | Learn What You Can Do
Contact  Us

Multiply the length of the easement, by the width of the easement (50 ft.), to get the square footage.
In the diagram above this would be 600 ft. x 50 ft. = 30,000 square ft.
2. Calculate what portion (percentage) of an acre the easement covers.
In this diagram it would be 30,000 square ft. ÷ 43,560 square ft. (the size of 1 acre) = 69% of an acre.
3. Multiply the price per acre that land is selling for in your area, by that percentage.
In this diagram the price per acre could be $5000. $5000 x 69% = $3,443.53
Therefore the "fair market value" of the easement in the diagram above would be $3,443.53

(NOTE: for a downloadable version of this information, please click here.)

Other examples of easement values:

Length Width Square footage Price/Acre Fair Market Value
500 50 25,000 $2000 $1,147.84
1000 50 50,000 $2000 $2,295.68
500 50 25,000 $3000 $1,721.76
1000 50 50,000 $3000 $3,443.53
500 50 25,000 $5000 $2,869.61
1000 50 50,000 $5000 $5,739.21


There may be additional terms:

  • • In addition to the fair market value, the company may try to "sweeten the deal" by oering you more money for granting them an easement before they le an application.
  • • They may also oer another payment for trees cut, crops lost, and use of a construction easement. Here are some facts to consider:
  • • If you grant an easement before the company les an application to FERC, or before FERC certies the application, the easement can be sold to a third party.
  • • An easement becomes part of the title to your property, and is very dicult to remove.
  • • The company may acquire easements along the "alternate" routes, and later sell them to third parties, or use them for gathering or distribution pipelines.

Before you consider negotiating, ask yourself:

  • • How much is your land worth now?
  • • How much would your land be devalued with a 30-inch high-pressure gas pipeline buried on it?
  • • Would the monetary compensation for this easement be equal to the loss in your property’s value?
  • • Would your homeowner’s or liability insurance policies be aected if your property had a pipeline?
  • • If you have a mortgage, would the addition of a pipeline on your property put the mortgage at risk?
  • • In the future, how dicult would it be to sell your land if this pipeline was built?

If you don’t want a pipeline on your property, join with other landowners who are opposing it. Together we have a chance to win.