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Falls City, TexStar continue pipeline easement talks
Wilson County NewsApril 16, 2014 | 5,256 views | 1 comment
FALLS CITY -- Attorneys for both Falls City and TexStar Midstream Services, L.P. continue to negotiate back and forth about a pipeline easement that threatens the city’s baseball field. This was the dominant topic of discussion at the April 9 meeting of the Falls City City Council.
Mayor Brent Houdmann said after the meeting that he could not divulge much of the discussion since it took place in closed session. However, Houdmann said the council did not accept TexStar’s latest offer, which includes a second underground pipeline in addition to one that has been in existence since 1939.
Houdmann said the center of the original easement was behind the right-field fence. It since has moved to behind center field, and runs underneath a light pole. He said company officials have claimed that they would not touch the ball field.
“Their easement continues to grow,” Houdmann said. “They’ve almost threatened litigation against us.”
TexStar has filed civil suit against many Wilson County landowners in its quest to expand an easement and to reactivate a former Magnolia Petroleum Co. pipeline spanning from Corpus Christi to San Antonio. According to a Nov. 6, 2013, press release, TexStar and Indiana-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. will partner to construct the 30,000 barrel-per-day Karnes North Pipeline System. The 8-inch, 50-mile pipeline will transport crude oil from Karnes City to Elmendorf, in the wake of petrochemical exploration in the Eagle Ford shale.
Watch future issues of the Wilson County News for more about the pipeline.
Also during the meeting, the council:
•Adopted an ordinance prohibiting the use of engine-braking systems commonly known as “Jake Brakes” for heavy trucks being driven within the city limits
•Appointed Charlie White to the board of commission for the Falls City Housing Authority
•Appointed Ronald Foerster to replace Sharon Bednorz as a resident commissioner on the Falls City Housing Authority board.
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