Big Bend landowners are finding out that not only can they not say no to ETP, it’s hard to even get fair compensation. Spriggs says he didn’t want the pipeline on his property in the first place. To avoid a lengthy legal battle with ETP, he attempted to negotiate, believing he could convince the company to increase its offer. When ETP offered a one-time payment of $7,000 for a 50-foot easement that runs a little more than a mile across his property, Spriggs pushed back. The company filed suit anyway.