Fifth Circuit Reverses Declaratory Judgment That Had Allowed Landowner to Build a Railroad Spur Over a Pipeline Easement.
December 30, 2011 in Case Summaries
Jeff Levinger represented Flint Hills Resources in its appeal seeking to overturn a federal district court’s declaratory judgment allowing Travis County to build a railroad spur over Flint Hills’ pipeline easement. Relying on an infrequently invoked Texas statute and the language of the easement, the Fifth Circuit reversed and held that the County could not build the spur over the easement unless it first pays Flint Hills for the substantial costs of fortifying the pipeline and relocating it to a greater depth. Travis County, Texas v. Flint Hills Resources, L.P., 456 Fed. Appx. 410, 2011 WL 6934492 (5th Cir. Dec. 30, 2011).
Courts: Federal Courts of Appeals
Subject Matter: Oil & Gas/Real Estate