Property Rights, Right of Ways, and Eminent Domain


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Landowners are often confused when approached by powerline or pipeline companies seeking to purchase right of ways across the landowner’s property.  In this webinar, Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale staff attorney Sean High will help such landowners understand their legal rights, right of way agreements, and a company’s potential use of eminent domain.  First, information will be presented regarding general property rights common to all landowners.  Next, right of way agreements will be explained along with potential considerations when negotiating such agreements.  Finally, the topic of eminent domain will be addressed regarding a powerline or pipeline company’s right under federal and state law to seize private land.



This webinar was recorded on March 20, 2019.  To listen to a recording of the webinar, please click here.


M. Sean High, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Center for Agricultural and Shale Law

Born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Sean developed a strong interest in agriculture while working summers on his grandparents’ dairy farm.  He is a graduate of Penn State Law and is a staff attorney at the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law where his duties include researching agricultural law issues and presenting his findings to agricultural producers, landowners, business professionals, attorneys, legislators, government officials, community groups, and the general public.  Sean is currently the author of the Penn State Agricultural Law Brief, the Penn State Agricultural Law Weekly Review, and the Penn State Agricultural Law Blog.

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