Community Resources

Landowner Rights

Private property ownership in Texas is a bedrock principle. Private property ownership accounts for 95 percent of all land holdings in the state.

When pipeline companies are considering a new project, they are fully committed to working alongside landowners through a fair and open process that strikes the right balance between protecting private property rights while ensuring the essential infrastructure needed for a growing Texas can continue to be built. With every action, the companies hope to achieve their goals fairly, openly and with respect.

In the context of minerals, a property owner may own the minerals under the land. If the property owner severs mineral ownership from surface ownership, two types of estates are created: a mineral estate and a surface estate. When this occurs, legal rights and responsibilities flow to each, separate estate.

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Landowner Core Training Video

AOPL (Association of Oil Pipelines) strives to create good landowner relations and in order to achieve this goal AOPL created a training video to explicitly lay out their guidelines. This core training video was created by Liquids Pipeline operators who are members of the Americans Petroleum Institute as well as members of AOPL.

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Landowner Commitment and Core Training Materials

Pipeline companies considering a new liquids pipeline project are committed to training employees and real-estate representatives to treat landowners fairly, openly and with respect. In order to accomplish this goal, Association of Pipelines (AOPL) strives to negotiate with landowners in good faith,

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