Protecting pipelines, storage fields, wells and other facilities such as compressor stations, measurement and regulation stations and meters from encroachments is critical to all participants in today's natural gas industry. Unless this basic infrastructure is protected, the industry cannot fulfill its fundamental mission of delivering natural gas safely and reliably.

In the past, most major pipelines, wells, and surface facilities were located in remote locations and there was little chance of encroachments on those facilities. Today, however, the proliferation of development in and around major population centers has combined with the higher demand for natural gas service in those areas to increase the potential for conflict. At the same time, stricter regulation of pipeline has required natural gas pipeline companies to be ever more vigilant in protecting their facilities.1

This paper will explore what natural gas companies can do to protect their facilities and how the courts have reacted to those efforts.

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