How to withdraw or rescind permission to survey land

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Williams Company and Boardwalk have been approaching landowners in the counties through which the Bluegrass Pipeline would be laid and asking to survey their property. If you have given permission to survey your land rather than making a written contract giving permission in return for payment or other “consideration,” you can rescind that permission at any time. A letter sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, is recommended, so that you have proof that the mail was delivered. If you have accepted a gift as part of the grant of permission, you should return that with the letter rescinding permission. Your letter can be straightforward, stating simply that:
“This letter provides notice that the permission to survey my land that I previously granted is withdrawn and rescinded effective today, _________. Bluegrass Pipeline Company, LLC and its successors, assigns, affiliates, agents, employees, and contractors, and including your company and its representatives, no longer have my permission to perform any surveys, or to enter onto my land for any reason or at any time.”
Send your rescission of permission letter by first-class mail, certified, return receipt requested, to the following: 1) name and address on the card from the land agent who contacted you 2) Williams Company President Alan S. Armstrong, One Williams Center, Tulsa, OK 74172 and 3) C T CORPORATION SYSTEM, Registered Agent for Bluegrass Pipeline Company, LLC, 306 W. MAIN STREET, SUITE 512, Frankfort, KY 40601

What if you don’t want the pipeline to cross your land?
If you don’t want the pipeline to cross your property, don’t grant permission to survey. While it is not yet settled that this pipeline project has the power to condemn easements in order to locate the proposed pipeline, generally companies would rather work with landowners willing to sell an easement than to pursue condemnation. If you would rather not have the pipeline on your property, “just say no” to a request to survey your land, since the survey is the first step to the company narrowing down the precise location of the pipeline. If you say “no,” it is more likely that the company may choose a different route with less opposition from landowners.

Where can you find a lawyer?
If you don’t have an existing relationship with an attorney with whom you can consult, contact your county Bar Association, or the Kentucky Bar Association in Frankfort, for names of attorneys in your area that might be able to help advise you on whether to grant permission to survey, and on the language and conditions of any grant of permission.