Semmes Homeowner Complains of Pipe Workers

Semmes Homeowner Complains of Pipe Workers

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Gena Jackson's four acre lot lines a portion of the construction site for the pipeline in Semmes, and she's seen trouble from the beginning.

"When they started tearing those woods out, we had everything from snakes to rats, you name it, scatter out of there, coons, raccoons," says Jackson.

When workers first arrived, they told her the job would take a few weeks tops. That was at the beginning of the summer.

"Then they piled all those trees in a big pile and poured diesel fuel on them. I have COPD. It was choking me to death."

But what really caught her eye was when they started working after the city of Semmes issued a stop work order. Semmes mayor Judy Hale says the order was issued when they found soil erosion in certain places. They decided to meet with the construction company to iron out details.

"Make sure that silt fences were in place, that we didn't have any sediment or erosion that was actually leaving the construction site and going onto adjacent properties," says Hale.

Once everything was corrected, the order was lifted and as of Sunday, crews have been back at work. A city inspector goes out each week to make sure there are no more breaches. Meanwhile, Jackson still has concerns.

"And I'm sure they've taken all kinds of precautions, but there are still people getting killed, there are still explosions. That pipe's a manmade product. And it's prone to split! You know?"

Officials with Plains Southcap, the company building the pipeline, tell us that out of 57 parcels located in Semmes, there are only 27 where they are allowed to lay pipe. They're taking a look at Those other 30 parcels, having to change a few things like what kind of silt fence they put up to insure there is no erosion.

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