As U.S. oil and gas production swells, landowners in South Texas are resistant to giving up their property to energy companies on a mission to build pipelines. As a result, they’ve face a total of 184 lawsuits this year, as compared to just 28 in 2010.
Under Texas law, companies wishing to build pipelines have the power of eminent domain and can therefore acquire easements even when property owners oppose the acquisition. Property owners can, however, negotiate for compensation. When negotiations sour, energy companies file suit.