We are committed to maintaining a strong relationship with landowners.
As your neighbors, we respect your property, That's why compensation is provided for land use. Throughout the process, we made every attempt to reach agreement with landowners in an honest, fair and reasonable fashion. Here’s a closer look at how each offer was determined.
First, let’s cover the basics. An easement is a legal agreement that grants permission for someone to use a specific part of your property for a specific purpose. In this case, it’s a legal agreement we negotiate with you to pay you a fair and reasonable market price for the long-term use of a portion of your land where the proposed pipeline will exist.
At the beginning of this process, we did a comprehensive regional market study that provided guidance on how to value agricultural land in this region. Using Surety® maps, we looked at the production index of the soil and the percentage of tillable acreage. We compared properties in the area and evaluated similarities and differences in soil makeup. We also looked at historical productivity of the land. Using all this information, a value was calculated and provided in offer books.
Sometimes, offers differ from tract to tract. Across the pipeline route, there are many variables, even among tracts of land that sit side by side. Each variable–tilled land versus timber, for instance–can affect how the calculation was made.
Once an agreement is reached, we’ll continue to stay in touch, updating you along the way through Spire Connect and other resources. If at any point you have a question, feel free to call your Spire land agent.
If our pipeline is on or near your land, click here to view the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s guide, “What Do I Need to Know?”