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Chesapeake told city officials and neighborhood residents last week that the department won’t allow the pipeline to run parallel to the highway because of safety concerns. Chesapeake also said the pipeline couldn’t run north of I-30 because it would interfere with the Trinity River Vision redevelopment project.
The company’s representatives said the best alternative would be to run the pipeline beneath the front yards of homes on Carter Avenue. Chesapeake has already acquired the right of way along Carter Avenue, including filing condemnation suits against several landowners.
Safety concerns? It’s too unsafe to run parallel to the highway but they can put it in poor people’s front yards and not blink twice.
But, it turns out that’s not exactly with “the department” (DOT) said.
Maribel Chavez, Transportation Department district engineer, said Friday that the pipeline could run parallel to the freeway if Chesapeake met certain safety criteria.
“I never told them, ‘No, you cannot be in the public right of way,’ ” Chavez said.
However, it’s more convenient for Chesapeake to put the pipeline in people’s yards so we need to keep the pressure on.
It’s not clear whether Chesapeake will agree to reconsider the route.