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Stephon B. Bagne’s expertise in representing property owners in condemnation cases is widely recognized. Stephon has represented all types of property owners in a variety of situations including vacant and improved property, partial and total takings, easement and fee acquisitions, involving commercial and residential properties. He has won jury trials in courts throughout the State of Michigan and successfully defended those verdicts before the Michigan Court of Appeals. Stephon has prevailed in challenges of the necessity of takings and negotiated less onerous acquisitions in partial taking matters. He regularly speaks and writes about eminent domain and other real estate law issues for a variety of professional organizations. For a more complete bio, please click here.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday
Sep082016

Natural Gas Explosion Kills 10 Campers 

A natural gas pipeline in New Mexico exploded, killing 10 people and leaving 86’ x 46’ x 20’ crater.

Natural gas pipelines are dangerous.  There are a litany of incidents demonstrating this danger, most recently in New Mexico

The details are horrific.  The pipeline turned into a flamethrower, essentially melting two families of campers and raining flames hundreds of feet away.

While the likelihood of a particular pipeline on a particular property exploding are low, the consequences are extreme.  In the information age where people have ready access to stories like this through a simple Google search, the existence of pipelines will have an impact on market value for residential properties.

We are seeing an unprecedented number of pipeline projects.  I am currently or have recently represented owners confronted by pipeline takings by Wolverine, Nexus, Rover, and DTE.  Whether this is a coincidence of timing or the start of a trend of new pipeline projects remains to be seen.

If you have been confronted by a pipeline company requesting property rights, do not hesitate to contact me.

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