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Stephon B. Bagne

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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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Tuesday
Apr092019

Controversy Surrounds ET Pipeline in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania pipeline may have received special political favors to expedite a pipeline project that is being criminally investigated and that has had numerous environmental issues.

According to this Guardian article, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s role in approving the Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline through southern Pennsylvania is being questioned. The pipeline “sparked growing outrage” because “it has caused roughly 140 documented industrial waste spills into wetlands and waterways, destroying numerous residential water wells, and opening large sinkholes just steps from residents’ homes.”

The article illustrates both the real life consequences of pipeline construction and reflects a growing awareness of those consequences among the public. These are the type of issues that must be addressed when confronted by a pipeline taking.

I was involved in representing property owners in the ET Rover pipeline in Southern Michigan, having obtained both significant just compensation increases while moderating the language of the pipeline easement itself. 

Please feel free to contact me about any condemnation issues, including pipeline takings, that you may be facing.

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