- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A half-dozen landowners with property in the path of a planned oil pipeline will receive up to $30,000 each for easements, under a judge’s decision. But they’re not happy with that.

McLean County Judge Paul Lawrence awarded the money Thursday as a settlement of a lawsuit against Canada-based pipeline-builder Enbridge after the company asked the judge to make the decision rather than send the case to a jury, the (Bloomington) Pantagraph (https://bit.ly/1UZuAsv ) reported.

“We respectfully disagree with the ruling and believe the landowners have a right to have the value of their property determined by a jury,” said Tom Pliura, an attorney for the landowners. He said they will appeal the decision.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

Enbridge is building the 167-mile pipeline from rural Livingston County, northwest of Bloomington, to Patoka, about 70 miles east of St. Louis.

The judge had already ruled that neither the landowners nor experts on the hazards of pipelines could testify in the case. Only the value of the easements was the at issue, he said.

A jury had also been selected when Enbridge requested Lawrence to rule on his own.

Another eminent domain trial is scheduled for Oct. 5 involving 17 additional easements for the pipeline, which was approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission in 2009.


Information from: The Pantagraph, https://www.pantagraph.com

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