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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  • by unhappy cmper Location: Ida area on Oct 10, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    Can you correct my typo's in the message post below? I misspelled "greed" twice. I've got "creed".
  • by Unhappycamper Location: Ida area on Oct 8, 2007 at 09:45 PM
    Never thought much about it until today when a survey crew was in my area. It's a wakeup call when you see survey markers coming through the front yard of a home on Edwards Rd. The house sits about 100 feet off of the road and the pipeline comes between the house and the road, right under the kids trampoline and goal post. Now that's what I call a concerned gas company or is it just another multi million dollar business taking the shortest route possible to save money with no concern for the people or property they ruin. NIMBYism not hardly, stupidity and creed on the part of this company is more like it. There is all types of undeveloped property west of the home that I described but of course that would require a little more expense and effort on the part of the gas company. Equipment would have to be further from the road therefore causing a "burden" on the company and crews. Poor planning and creed is what "chokes this country to death", not concerned citizens.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Jun 13, 2007 at 09:46 PM
    To those who oppose such things as new pipelines: How would you like all that gas to be transported? Tanker trucks on the highways? Oh yeah, good idea.........first off, not enough trucks. Second, too much in fuel to move all that gas. THird, you have the problem of accidents (read: ka-BOOM!). IIRC, this is Texas gas being moved. You're gonna lose trees, yes, but, uh, where did all that wood for your house and paper for your magazines come from? Yep, trees. UNfortunate, but a space has to be cleared and roots removed in order to lay a pipeline. NIMBYism is going to choke this country to death.
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