Prosposed pipeline not sitting well with some

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- A Houston -based company has plans to build a natural gas pipeline extending from Sherman to Bennington to Paris onto Tallulah, Louisiana. But before they do, they need to acquire land, which in many cases, belongs to individuals who aren't willing to give it up.

Gulf crossing pipeline has proposed a 355-mile natural gas pipeline starting in northeast Grayson County. It’s an idea that idea has not sat well with residents who went to Durant on Wednesday afternoon to get answers.

More than 30 people gathered at the Durant Chamber of Commerce to listen to a representative from Gulf South Pipeline and ask questions regarding the pipeline project.

Officials with the company say they want to build here because there are several large natural gas fields situated in north central Texas and southeastern Oklahoma.

The project itself represents investment of approximately $1.3 billion and includes several compressor stations, two of which are proposed just east of Sherman.

In Lamar County, the proposed pipeline has drawn opposition from land owners who are situated above the projected path of the project, but because of eminent domain county officials say companies have the right to pick where they want to lay their pipeline.

It’s a step which officials with gulf south want to avoid.

"Eminent domain is the absolute last result that we want to take. Almost 90 to 95 percent of the time we are able to work with the land owner, but certainly, we understand."

If they are able to acquire all the land necessary to build the pipeline, the company hopes to start construction by March of 2008.

Gulf South Pipeline has applied with the Federal Energy Reglatory Commission and will wait to hear back from them to move forward with an acquisition of land.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Savoy, TX on Jul 22, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    The propsed site of the compressor station is only a few miles from the TXU Valley Generating Station north of Savoy which uses natural gas as fuel and already has several gas yards on site. with plenty of room for more. There are no residences nearby because TXU owns well over a thousand acres of land around the plant. Why not approach TXU and see if they and Atmos (the gas company) would work a deal to locate the compressor station on their land where all of the other natural gas lines and handling facilities are already located.
  • by Resident Location: Newly Proposed Area according to the Local Coalition on Jul 19, 2007 at 02:59 PM
    There is alot of miscommunication going on in the media about this project. Citizens need to really look at the proposed placement of the compressor site. The site proposed by the company does not have ANY residences within a half mile radius, although people who have given interviews on T.V. would have you to believe that it is going to be in their backyard. Meanwhile, the proposed alternative site that has been sent in to FERC and recommended to Representative Hall is quite literally in someone else's backyard. While no one particularly wants a compressor station near them, it should be put in the least invasive place. The least invasive place is the place that was originally recommended by the pipeline company if you are comparing their recommendation with a local coalition's recomendations. Please do your own investigation. Go to the FERC website and review the project. Don't let the squeeky wheel's get all of the attention here and misdirect you from the real issues. Where will the LEAST number of HOMES be affected? How many people will be able to hear anything at all? Please don't believe that you are hearing the entire story in the media at this time. I am looking forward to balanced coverage and not just one group.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2007 at 08:55 AM
    sound as if you might as well get some money for your property instead of letting them take it for free.
  • by Texoma Location: GC on Jul 19, 2007 at 06:52 AM
    I don't understand why everyone is so opposed to these pipe lines. Their are gas pipe lines running all over Texas & Oklahoma. There are very few incidents in regard to these pipelines so they are relitivly safe, the land owners get paid to allow them to cross their land, & due to popular belief, your property value will not drop. Their is a lot of mis-information out there.
  • by G. Horne Location: Delta County, Texas on Jul 18, 2007 at 05:21 PM
    I would strongly urge anyone living near the proposed sites for the natural gas pumping stations to fight as hard as possible against their installation. My husband and I have a small Miniature Cattle ranch and love living in a rural area. Our peace and quite was completely destroyed after a natural gas pumping station was built near our ranch. We had no idea that the near constant 24/7 noise from the pumping would be so loud, especially at night. There are times when the noise is so loud that it vibrates our windows. It is especially miserable during the spring and fall when we would normally have our windows open to enjoy the cooler temps. And for some reason the station really gets "ramped" up in the early hours of the morning, between 1a and 6a making it very difficult to sleep at times. I suppose maybe they think that no one will notice the additional noise at that time of the morning. A petition has been circulated in our area in hopes of trying to get something done about the excessive noise but so far nothing has helped. It seems people that live in rural areas have few rights. We feel that the noise has affected our animal's well being too. Hopefully the people that live along this proposed natural gas pipeline will at least figure out a way to insist that mufflers be installed at the pumping stations to help with the excessive noise. Thanks for listening, Guyna Horne Triple H Ranch Miniature Cattle Reg. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs Organic Beef and Poultry
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