Pipeline problems

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- A proposed natural gas pipeline through southern Grayson County has residents upset but legislation appears to be on the pipeline's side and is leaving county officials with few options.

Residents say they are shocked a company wants to place a 36-inch pipeline under their property, and they want something done to prevent it.

But their calls for help might go unanswered.

A new natural gas pipeline through southern Grayson County will cut through property. It’s close to schools, and that is not setting well with residents.

"I wasn't very happy about it," says Gunter resident Robert Sanford.

Energy transfer fuel is in the process of acquiring land to construct a 36 inch pipeline, stretching from Denton County to Lamar County and situated in most places just five feet below the county roads and property.

On Monday, representatives from the company spoke at commissioners court, but county officials say they cannot do anything to prevent the construction of the pipeline because legislation passed by the state gives gas companies eminent domain and allows them to take over whatever property necessary to construct their pipeline.

"It creates a very frustrating situation for us because we're getting lots of complaints that these people are coming onto their property and just saying we're going to do it."

The only option left to county officials is work with the company to try and relocate the proposed track of the pipeline.

"I’m going to go look at each location to be sure we are protected that there’s now something we can do," said Precinct 2 Commissioner Johnny Waldrip.

It’s a task officials hope to accomplish soon because of the potential dangers the line poses.

Commissioners are scheduled to meet with officials from the company this week to discuss possible relocation, and they plan to place the issue on next week's commissioner's court agenda.


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