Pipeline Trespass Lawsuit

Stewart Wald & McCulley LLC, along with our co-counsel Stueve Siegel Hanson, is representing landowners in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Nevada whose land has been trespassed upon by Union Pacific Railroad Company and Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines / Kinder Morgan for operation of a petroleum pipeline.  Click here to see a copy of the amended class action complaint, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on May 13, 2015. 

Railroad companies normally only have a surface easement over and across land for railroad purposes, but the adjacent landowners typically own the land underneath the railroad line.  More particular, landowners own the rights to the land to the center of the railroad right-of-way (if a landowner owns land on both sides of the right-of-way, then the landowner owns the entire subsurface of the right-of-way).  In this situation, the railroad does not own the land under its tracks; the adjacent landowners, who are the plaintiffs in this case, own the land beneath the railway.

Since the 1950s, Union Pacific has claimed to grant illegal subsurface easements for a pipeline to run beneath a railroad line running approximately 1,800 miles from El Paso, Texas, across New Mexico and Arizona, into Nevada, and across California to Oregon.  The railroad accepted huge sums of money for “rent” that legally is owed to the adjacent landowners.  The pipeline companies took advantage of these illegitimate easements by installing and operating a pipeline on land owned by the adjacent landowners, which means the pipeline is trespassing. 

If you own or owned land along Union Pacific’s existing or former railroad line in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, or Nevada, please contact us immediately by completing the form on this page or by calling us toll-free at 1-888-756-6496.

For additional resources about the pipeline’s trespass and the railroad’s taking of money owed to landowners, please go to www.pipelinetrespass.com