Arkansas State Representative working to help Arkansas property owners

Arkansas State Representative working to help Arkansas property owners

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - An Arkansas state representative is working to protect residents who have property along pipeline sites.

The Diamond Pipeline project will provide oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Valero Memphis Refinery in Tennessee.

Construction of the pipeline started in 2016 and is expected to be complete later this year.

ABC affiliate KATV reports some Arkansas property owners fear pipelines could be on their property without their consent thanks to the current law, which gives pipeline owners the right to use eminent domain.

State Representative Warwick Sabin is behind House Bill 2086, aimed at changing the current law.

"The idea was to get more protection to private property owners in Arkansas who have been subjected to the eminent domain by the oil pipelines," Representative Warwick said. "We had a lot of folks in Arkansas who have had bad experiences where they have been told they have to part with their property for this pipeline to go through. This bill was leveling the playing field and allowing citizens to know their rights when they are confronted with private companies with eminent domain to take their property."

The bill did not pass but Sabin said he will continue working to protect Arkansans.

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