rights of way and easements

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rights of way and easements

A right of way or easement is an interest in land owned by another party, which entitles the holder of the easement to a specific limited use or enjoyment of that land.  It conveys the right to use the land of another person without possessing it. Examples are the authority granted to utility, pipeline, or oil and gas extraction companies to enter, install and maintain utility lines and equipment.  Easements can also be registered to provide a landowner without legal access to use a neighbouring property to access their own.

The most common rights of way in the oil and gas industry are for pipelines, power lines, and access roads.

Compensation:  Although there are some instances of annual payments for rights of way, the most typical compensation is one-time up front compensation.