How Williams approaches a project
from a Land Perspective
Presented by:
Patrick McClusky, Senior Land Representative
Who is Williams?
Williams is an energy infrastructure company focused on connecting North
America’s significant hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural
gas, natural gas liquids, and olefins. Williams owns and operates midstream
gathering and processing assets, and interstate natural gas pipelines.
Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Founded in 1908
Operates 3 major natural gas pipeline systems
− Transco
− Northwest Pipeline
− Gulfstream
Delivers approximately 14% of the natural gas consumed in U.S.
15,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipelines
Williams’ presence in New Jersey
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line
Williams operates the Transco pipeline, a 10,200-mile natural gas
transportation system that extends from South Texas to New York
City. Transco’s deliveries account for 8% of the natural gas consumed
in the U.S.
The Transco pipeline has reliably served New Jersey for more than
60 years, providing service to major local distribution companies
such as PSE&G, South Jersey Gas, Elizabethtown Gas and New Jersey
Natural Gas. The pipeline transports about 60% of the gas used in
New Jersey, with supplies originating primarily from the Gulf Coast
and Appalachia.
New Jersey statistics
 534 miles of pipe
 4 compressor stations
 69 meter stations
 1 LNG facility
 101 employees
An overview of a portion of a recent project
Northeast Supply Link
 In New Jersey, the project included:
 a 6.64 mile loop of 42” diameter pipeline in Hunterdon County
 uprating of 25.5 miles of existing pipeline in Essex, Passaic, Bergen,
and Hudson Counties
 a 0.46 mile replacement of pipeline in Essex County
 the construction of a new electric-powered compressor station in
Essex County
Land’s Approach to an Expansion
 Four main stages
The Land Department is typically
“the first one in and the last one out”
Create a budget
Determine staffing needs
Obtain a regional appraisal
Create a line list and field files
Update records (title, tax maps, etc.)
Identify potential Land issues
Assist survey and review plats
Initiate landowner outreach
Attend Open Houses
Formulate offers
Engage in negotiations
Order appraisals
Initiate condemnation where necessary
Special acquisition issues in New Jersey
 Proximity of homes to pipeline corridor
 Extreme environmental regulation
 Green Acres, etc.
 Remain in constant communication with landowners
 Assist construction department where needed
 Handle the multitude of landowner issues that arise
 Investigate/handle damage claims
 Settle outstanding damage payments/repairs
Obstacles & Challenges
 Landowner fears
 Safety concerns
 Pipeline accidents
 Fear of construction workers
 Stigma
 Impact on the ability to sell home
 Possible loss of home resale value
 Damage concerns
 Damage to house foundation
 Damage to well or septic system
Obstacles & Challenges
 Negative publicity
Increased media coverage of industry
Environmental organizations
Landowner coalitions
Perpetuation of false information
 Bad reputation
 Frequent accusations of low-balling offers, using strongarm tactics, and outright lying

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