WILLIAMSPORT — UGI Sunbury LLC claims in a court filing this week that a portion of a Shamokin Dam property is needed to relocate 1 mile of pipeline to accommodate the Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project.
The Delaware-based company filed an eminent domain claim in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Robert Grayston Jr. and his wife, Melissa, of 102 Deerfield Court, Selinsgrove, and Northumberland National Bank, which holds a mortgage on the Shamokin Dam property.
The company is seeking permanent right of way and easement of 1.8 acres for the purpose of placing a 20-inch diameter pipeline on the land for the transportation of natural gas. It is also seeking a temporary workspace easement totaling 2.6 acres.
The section of pipeline is part of an overall 34-mile line through Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Montour and Lycoming counties that, upon its placement into service in 2017, delivers up to 200,000 dekatherms per day to residential and industrial customers, such as Hummel Station.
UGI claims it has the power to condemn land for the pipeline because it has met the three requirements under the National Gas Act:
• Has been granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
• Has been unable to acquire the needed interests by contract with the owner.
• The value of the property at issue exceeds $3,000.
UGI says it contacted the landowners numerous times for the purpose of negotiating the acquisitions of the right of way.
The company claims that, in the summer of 2019, the landowners were notified by telephone call that a formal appraisal was performed on the property to ascertain the market value of the right of way.
The landowners, it said, did not accept an offer that was “substantially higher” than the appraised value.
UGI requests the court to grant it’s application for an order of condemnation of right of way and determine the compensation to be paid to the Graystons.