We are committed to maintaining a strong relationship with landowners
We continue to be proud of the work we’ve done to restore land along the Spire STL Pipeline right of way following construction of the project. As noted by independent reports filed by FERC staff after conducting in-person site visits, nearly all of the land along the right of way is restored with revegetation comparable to pre-construction conditions.
Nearly 90% of the landowners who reside along the Pipeline right of way have reached voluntary land rights agreements with Spire STL Pipeline in resolving outstanding restoration concerns. The vast majority of landowners with remaining concerns have refused Spire STL Pipeline access to critical areas of land necessary to perform restoration effectively and safely. However, only in the last few weeks, have these landowners reversed their decision and are now allowing access. Unfortunately, granting access now — in the middle of winter weather conditions — will mean that Spire STL Pipeline will not be able to perform the planned restoration until spring.
Spire STL Pipeline remains committed to fulfilling all of the FERC’s restoration requirements. We will follow the FERC’s decision and continue to work in good faith by being proactive and transparent in resolving outstanding restoration concerns.
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?”