information for landholders
APA maintains co-operative and respectful relationships with landowners across over 15,000km of gas transmission pipelines across the country, with the majority of these being located in rural localities. We are committed to building similar relationships with landowners along the proposed Western Slopes Pipeline route.
As of February 2018, APA has held more than 100 face-to-face meetings with more than 70 individual landowners along the proposed Western Slopes Pipeline route. We have also accommodated the preferences of those who indicated they would prefer to meet in a group setting, and we will continue to provide a range of opportunities for landowners to have their questions answered in a forum they are comfortable with.
Meeting directly with landowners helps us to better understand the nature of the impacted property and address specific concerns through either changes to the alignment or other design and construction commitments. Based on the feedback received from landowners to date, we have already made several refinements to the proposed pipeline alignment to reduce impacts on cultivation, farm infrastructure, environmentally sensitive areas and other important features of landowner properties.
Every landowner will be fairly compensated for agreeing to grant APA an easement to accommodate the pipeline. The compensation offered by APA will be based on fair market value and include consideration of the value of the easement and anticipated loss of production during construction. The compensation offered will also reflect the general disturbance to landowners as a result of dealing with APA. Landowners will be paid an upfront fee for entering into an agreement, and APA will meet the reasonable legal and valuation costs incurred in reviewing the proposed easement agreement.
When pipeline construction is complete, APA commits to restore the impacted land as close as possible to its original condition. Normal agricultural operations can continue within the easement including cultivation and grazing. APA will work with landowners to ensure that all reasonably foreseeable vehicle and machinery loads which may need to cross the pipeline are accommodated in the design of the pipeline.
Example of a pipeline under construction, prior to being lowered into the ground, January 2017
The same pipeline easement, after reinstatement, July 2017
Frequently Asked Questions
APA understands that the prospect of having a gas transmission pipeline buried on your property would generate a number of concerns and questions from landowners about potential impacts on your land and operations. APA has produced a comprehensive reference guide and FAQ document that provides answers to the most common questions fielded by our project team. This document was updated in January 2018.