Pipeline information meeting Saturday in Randolph

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An informational meeting on pipelines, easements and property owners rights will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Randolph Community Center, 1639 S.R. 44.

The center is located behind the Randolph Branch of the Portage County District Library.

The free class, presented "by citizens for citizens," presents information about citizens' rights regarding eminent domain, easements, rights of way, how to and how not to deal with pipeline companies contracts, and many other issues.

This is the final session in a series held around the county.

"We have been well received at every venue," said Mary Greer, one of the presenters. "We make it clear that we are not talking about whether pipelines are good or bad. We are just helping people to understand the complex issues that all the new pipelines bring regarding what rights they have."

"In Ohio, when you grant an easement, you have no legal protection," Greer said. "You are just the seller. We tend to think that the pipeline company has the power to take so many feet or to build facilities on our land. But the fact is that we are just selling the right to use our land, and it's up to us to determine what a company can and can't do."

"There are literally dozens of specific clauses that a landowner can put in a contract. Those are the specifics we are helping property owners find out about. We are not attorneys, but we provide helpful first steps," Greer said.

The presentation is free and includes a participant packet with resources.

The meeting is open to all, whether they have signed easements or are worried about the newly planned pipelines coming both to the southern townships of Portage and the central and northern townships.

The information is industry neutral, and the group is not associated with any political or religious group.

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