Pipeline Progress In Semmes

Pipeline Progress In Semmes

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Under this field you'd hardly know there was a large pipeline project.  The only evidence is this petroleum marker.  Over the summer this area was dotted with cranes and unburied pipeline.  Work was halted as the city of Semmes contended Plains was violating local construction codes.  The order was upheld in federal court.  Since then Plains says they have their permits now and have no problem with the city.  Some of the people that live around here don't have a problem either.

“You know the pipeline is what it is you're not going to stop progress, power lines, pipeline company's going to do its thing, we're just left with what's left,” says homeowner Carl Jennings.  Jennings is like a lot of homeowners here.  They'd rather not have the pipeline, but since it's here they just wanted the work to be finished.  In some spots the work is virtually done--and Jennings says his place is in better shape than when they started.

“This was all thickets and woods and what have you and ditches were full and didn't drain and now they do,” says Jennings.  Some stop work order signs are still in place even though there is work going on.  Some work is allowed under a city stop work order.  It’s not clear if the stop work order was still in place or if someone forgot to remove the sign. 

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