Golden Triangle Properties questions company's eminent domain powers

David Yates Jul. 29, 2012, 9:20am

Golden Triangle Properties is asking the courts to declare that Williams Field Services-Gulf Coast Co. does not have eminent domain powers in a proposed pipeline extension.

According to the lawsuit filed July 23 in Jefferson County District Court, GTP is the owner of 1,116.39 acres of land in Jefferson County.

WFS contends it is a common carrier with the right of eminent domain and condemnation with respect to the proposed extension of the BASF 840 pipeline.

Williams Field Services-Gulf Coast Company LP is a natural gas distribution company located in Tulsa, Okla., and operates as a subsidiary of Williams Partners L.P.

According to the company website, Williams is an energy infrastructure company focused on connecting North America's hydrocarbon resource plays to markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids and olefins. Williams' operations span from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian oil sands.

"Plaintiff contends defendant does not have these rights and would show that defendant has produced no evidence establishing even a colorable claim to these rights," the suit states.

"In fact, public records show that defendant is not a common carrier with respect to the proposed extension."

GTP is seeking a declaratory judgment from the court that WFS has not established its status as a common carrier and thus does not have the power of eminent domain.

The company is also seeking to recover court costs and attorney's fees.

Attorney Hubert Oxford III of the Beaumont law firm Benckenstein & Oxford represents GTP.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A192-709

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