A Look At Pipeline From The Air

A Look At Pipeline From The Air

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We started our journey at the Ten Mile Terminal--the same place oil will start.  From the terminal you can see sporadic pipeline work sticking up out of the ground.  The advantage of coming out here now is that we're seeing just about every phase of this pipeline project. 

For much of the project's journey through Alabama it follows pre-existing power lines.  Following power lines from the terminal you can see a lot of right-of-way cleared for work to resume.  After a break in the line we head in a southwesterly direction.  Much of the pipeline is in a rural area not accessible by roads so contractors have built their own temporary roads with slabs of wood to prevent large cranes from being stuck in the mud. 

Eventually we get to the controversial part of the pipeline.  If it travels the route set by these power lines the pipeline will be roughly three quarters of a mile from Big Creek Lake.  Environmentalists worry that it has to cross waterways like Hamilton creek that will lead into the water supply.  As we continue through rural Mobile county to the state line we start to see some sections of the pipeline disappear into the ground.  We turned around at the Mississippi state line. 

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