(WHITEWRIGHT, TEXAS) -- Part of the Seaway pipeline that will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to the gulf is set to go through Texoma and bring 3,000 jobs with it. But one Whitewright landowner has some serious allegations against the company that's building it.
Jim Hebert says " [they[ have come to Grayson County from Canada...to steal Texas land."
Enterprise Products Partners has already been given authority to build the Seaway pipeline through Texoma. but Jim Hebert says he's going to continue to fight it.
In April, the Whitewright landowner was offered a $41,000 settlement for the pipeline to go through his property but he says Enterprise Products Partners offered his neighbor more money per acre, which he says is illegal.
Jim Hebert " they have committed fraud through the court process"
But a spokesman for the company disagrees,
" each piece of land that the pipeline crosses is treated as a separate negotiation..certain pieces of property lend themselves to higher payouts than others."
At Friday's hearing Hebert represented himself and also raised concerns over community safety and the water supply," it's not safe..no ..Because the concentration of hydrogen sulfide..where two breaths can kill you."
But Rick Rainey assures safety is the top priority, "there is no higher priority than safety....we spend a lot of money and direct a lot of resources to protecting these pipelines..I mean that's our business."
Rainey assures the public that the company monitors and inspects the pipeline remotely and through fly-over inspections..
Filing contempt is a serious allegation and while the judge says a lot of Hebert's claims lacked legal merit..he will review them and mail a letter with his decision.