The battle lines between pipeline companies and landowners are still being drawn. In Bayou Bridge Pipeline v. 38.00 acres nobody had a gun, nobody got taken away, and one side was right and one side was wrong.
There were two survivors:
- The constitutionality of Louisiana’s statutory scheme for expropriation of private land for oil pipelines, and
- BBP’s gamble to trespass and begin work before a judgment was obtained. As BBP said, “time is money”.
Note to non-Louisiana lawyers: Unlike Texas at least, a Louisiana pipeline must obtain a judgment of expropriation before going on the property.
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