Utility allowed to raze home's trees

Law of the Land

In the case Emily Rutherford v. Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., the gas company owned a utility easement across a portion of landowner Rutherford’s property. In order to service the gas line under the easement, the gas company needed to cut down seven trees belonging to Rutherford, who then filed suit seeking an injunction prohibiting the trees from being cut down.

The district court ruled against Rutherford, and declared that the gas company had the right to cut down the seven trees on her property.