Voluntary Exchange: Replacing Expropriation with Respect

Elizabeth Brubaker
Pipeline Observer, Autumn 2015

The inaugural issue of Pipeline Observer features an article by Environment Probe’s Elizabeth Brubaker.

The magazine, published by the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Associations (CAEPLA), addresses the concerns of landowners whose property is targeted for expropriation by pipeline or transmission companies. Like Environment Probe, CAEPLA believes that respecting property rights is the best way to address safety and environmental stewardship. It advocates empowering landowners and companies to negotiate win-win business agreements that call for safer materials and more responsible practices.

In her article (excerpted from an earlier conference presentation), Brubaker questions whether development that relies on expropriation can ever be truly sustainable. She proposes a voluntary siting process in which companies acquire land or easements from willing sellers on the open market.

Read the full article here.

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