Pipeline payments won’t please Lancaster and Lebanon landowners

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Landowners across Lancaster and Lebanon counties are furious over a pipeline company’s compensation for their proposed project.

According to company, Williams Partners, letters were sent to landowners outlining the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project, including compensation based on the market value of the land.  For Tony Haverstick, of Manor Township, Lancaster County, it’s $38,600.

16 years ago, Haverstick became the owner of 21 acres of preserved farmland.

Recently, he and his wife have decided to sell their beloved farm house that hold a million dollar value.

Haverstick says, "Simultaneously with that I get this letter for Williams which said nothing except we're building a pipeline here, that was it.  We were in the middle of planning the rest of our lives and we found out somebody from Oklahoma and Texas had control of what was happening to us."

Haverstick says with or without the money, he's not planning on signing the agreement papers.

" 'Cause once you sign this and send it back, your goose is cooked," says Haverstick.

So he told a Williams employee he's putting an end to the pipelines.

He says, "If we can get 30% of people who own property to force you to eminent domain, you won't be able to do it.  And he laughed and said, if you get a quarter of people, we won't do it, so that's my hope now."

Williams Partners tells FOX 43 it could file an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in early 2015.  If approved by FERC, Williams could begin construction in the summer of 2016.

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