- Feb 2, 2010
- Rosenberg, TX
- Kubota L3710; JD 5425, 6105R, 7130-P; IH 1086
I have empathy for your situation. I have 6 pipelines through my place ... started with 4 when I bought 25 years ago. I don't know if I can suggest anything to help you, but I can tell you about my experiences.I wish I could keep them out except with permission. But this particular property is roughly 100 acres with multiple entrances. None of which I can see from the main house. They just come on the property whenever they want.
They *do* have a legal right of way to maintain the power lines. But it's only a few feet to either side of the lines-- just a narrow strip through the property.
I can play hardball by not letting them have any access except their tiny narrow strip. Which is darned inconvenient on them. But they can respond by refusing to do any post-trimming cleanup, saying "we can't get our truck in here ...."
When I bought I was naive. They owned a ROW and I didn't understand their limits or what I was supposed to put up with. BTW, ROW is only paid at the time of installation - nothing annually. They would come and dig up my pasture for repairs. They took advantage, but are now sitting up and paying attention to me and even calling ahead of time. Out of my frustration, it all changed when I sent a "nice" letter demanding compensation for damages that they caused. The more I did it, the more comfortable I felt putting healthy numbers on a list of damage issues. I itemize everything I can - its my grazing pasture. No grass means dirt and nothing for cattle to eat. Sure, it's a relatively small area, but I list what it would take to return it back to the way it should be. Leveling, seed, water, fertilizer, re-leveling after a couple of years of settling, more seed, water, fertilizer. Takes 3 years to get it back. Once I took pictures of them using my pasture for a parking lot - 100 feet off of their ROW because that is where the shade was. I even found and photographed poop piles and paper towels because they didn't have a Portapotty, so I charged for that too - by the day. I charged for equipment stored on my place after the job was finished. You name it, I listed and charged. Photos are golden. Rarely do they challenge the invoice.