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November 6, 2013
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Letter: Gas line brings unresolved issues

Patience, creek bank eroded

We’ve lived the experience of having a gas line running across our property, which includes the pipe line being buried under Cow Creek.

If the new pipe line project is forced upon property owners, I strongly suggest the owners involved with the new proposed gas line get an attorney. They need to make sure they have a contract written in stone that any and all erosion will be controlled and repaired by the gas line company at the gas line company’s expense.

There’s no replacing good farm land that has washed down the creek during high water and I can guarantee you the gas company hasn’t cared.

After 25 years or more of begging the gas line folks to fix the eroding creek bank and several visits to an attorney, we got in trouble because we tried to fix the eroding bank when they wouldn’t. They did work on the eroding bank this summer, but only because they were forced by government agencies to do something.

The pipe under the creek was dangerously close to the creek bed surface. This was discovered when the gas line people “dropped the dime” to half a dozen government agencies to get us into trouble for attempting to save the eroding bank.

We’re thankful something was finally done to the creek bank, but mad that it’s 50 to 70 feet of lost farm land too late!

We also question whether the engineered plan done by the gas line company will actually stop the erosion. We hope so, but we suspect that if there’s more erosion, as long as their pipe line is snugly tucked under the layers of rock in the creek, our creek bank will not be on their list of priorities.

Marian Owens


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