Golden Triangle Properties has non-suited Williams Field Services-Gulf Coast Co. from litigation questioning whether the company has eminent domain powers in a proposed pipeline extension.

As previously reported, the suit was filed July 23 in Jefferson County District Court.

At the plaintiff’s request, on April 23 Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, signed off on an order on motion for non-suit, dismissing the case, court papers say.

According to the lawsuit, GTP is the owner of 1,116.39 acres of land in Jefferson County.

WFS contended 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 Co. 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 was 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.

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

Case No. A192-709

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