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Gas line construction tearing up yards across Johnston

Posted February 8, 2012

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— Some Johnston County homeowners feel a clean-energy project for Progress Energy isn't exactly eco-friendly for them.

Piedmont Natural Gas is building a 38-mile gas line across the county to deliver natural gas from a facility in Clayton to a new Progress Energy power plant near Goldsboro. The plant is part of the Raleigh-based utility's plans to cut pollution by replacing coal-fired generating plants with facilities powered by natural gas.

Lois Weeks said she fears that she might not have much of her property left after crews finish burying the 20-inch gas pipeline across her yard. She said she and her late husband always wanted to keep the yard of their home of 50 years green.

"We always left it just as it was, and then the state (Department of Transportation) came in and put the bypass on this side of our property and took all that," said Weeks, who lives near the intersection of the U.S. Highway 70 Bypass and N.C. Highway 42.

Weeks said she agrees with the idea of cleaner energy, but not at the cost of her property. Piedmont Natural Gas compensated property owners for access to their land, but she and another homeowner said they didn't feel like they had much of a choice.

"It's terrible," Weeks said, looking over her torn-up yard. "(It's not worth it) in my eyes because I like nature just as it is."

Gas pipeline Pipeline snakes through Johnston properties

Piedmont Natural Gas spokeswoman Loree Elswick said large gas pipelines are often built across private property. Construction began in December and is expected to be finished in June, she said.

"We have reached agreement with many property owners to acquire rights-of-way needed for the pipeline at a price consistent with fair market value, and we have provided in good faith the same opportunity to all landowners along the proposed route,” Elswick said in a statement.

Weeks said she hopes her grass will grow back after the gas line is buried, but Piedmont Natural Gas representatives told her that trees won't be able to grow near the line.

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  • ladyblue Feb 9, 2012

    now and got them to pony up like it could have been prime commercial land. And it was a piece of land that he didn't even use for anything. He made out like a bandit!
    Lightfoot3

    Thank you for letting me know i can expect my lightbill to go upo again while i pay for people with this attitude.

  • dontstopnow Feb 9, 2012

    WEll another story of how the BIG Progress Energy can grab your land and pay you little but when you use their power, you will pay big or get your power cut... Yeah sounds about right!

  • sundown6074 Feb 9, 2012

    Wait til we see how eco-friendly it is with our wallets paying higher light bills for natural gas?

  • GulfWarVet Feb 9, 2012

    "Lightfoot3 "Except now the land is pretty much worthless. Can't build on it. Can't grow trees on it. Etc."

    Worthless ??? Are you kidding me. What the heck are you goin to build on 6 feet of grass that you've never built anything on to begin with. - oMzziG123"

    I'd say leave that up to the land owner to decide for themselves what they would and wouldn't do for themselves on THEIR property. Who the heck is anyone else to determine what they personally feel that the land owner might or might not do is 'worthy'?

    As an arborist, I can say there are many things that can be done in lieu of planting trees in the ground that would still be beneficial to the asthetics of the property while meeting the compliance standards of the utility.

  • ladyblue Feb 9, 2012

    Some Johnston County homeowners feel a clean-energy project for Progress Energy isn't exactly eco-friendly for them.

    AMEN-- this is the biggest mess i've ever seen created.. My friends lived in beautiful wooded area and now it's a mud pit and torn up private road to their home..
    An awful mess and to think they held off the I70 expressway being built to take care of some endngered musseles originally..

  • oMzziG123 Feb 9, 2012

    Lightfoot3
    "Except now the land is pretty much worthless. Can't build on it. Can't grow trees on it. Etc."

    Worthless ??? Are you kidding me. What the heck are you goin to build on 6 feet of grass that you've never built anything on to begin with.

  • Lightfoot3 Feb 9, 2012

    "They dig it up, lay the pipe, cover it up, grass will grow. That's it. No big deal." - oMzziG123


    Except now the land is pretty much worthless. Can't build on it. Can't grow trees on it. Etc.


    But the clever ones got the gas company to pony up BIG bucks for loss of land use. I guess for everyone that made a cool million, the gas company underpaid others to make up for it.

  • Lightfoot3 Feb 9, 2012

    "Not much, but we were paid." - ambergail1


    I've got a co-worker from the Clayton area that was paid big bucks because of this. I'm talking BIG bucks! He balked at what the gas company offered and challenged them with litigation. He cited lost value due to the land being worthless to build on now and got them to pony up like it could have been prime commercial land. And it was a piece of land that he didn't even use for anything. He made out like a bandit!

  • abylelab -BT- Feb 9, 2012

    ++some people would complain if their scrotum were in a vise
    knucklehead++

    i'm pretty sure that i would complain about that. i'd also probably complain about getting hung with a gold rope.

  • oMzziG123 Feb 9, 2012

    abylelab -BT-
    ** that would be awesome to see, though!!!!! **

    It would..... wouldn't it..... I think their yard would look even worse with it hangin from the tree limbs. !! lol !!

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