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Landowner gets lawyer after pipeline uprooted historic oaks
Uprooted oak trees like this one are all that remain of 12 trees that once were a fixture of the Catchpenny Farm north of Floresville. Property owner Floyde Burnside said the trees recently were cleared to make way for the Karnes North Pipeline System.
Wilson County NewsAugust 13, 2014 4,978 views 4 comments
Floyde Burnside of the Catchpenny Farm north of Floresville is outraged, after recently returning home to discover that 12 historic oak trees had been uprooted to make way for the Karnes North Pipeline System. Burnside shared his concerns with the Wilson County Commissioners Court at its Aug. 11 meeting.
Burnside said the trees, which dated back to the 1700s, were not interfering with the original pipeline easement that was approved in 1939. The former Magnolia Petroleum Co. pipeline easement -- spanning from Corpus Christi to San Antonio --recently was purchased by TexStar Midstream Services, L.P. In late 2013, TexStar and Indiana-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. began constructing the 30,000- barrel-per-day Karnes North Pipeline System. The 8-inch, 50-mile pipeline will carry Eagle Ford crude oil from Karnes City to a facility near Elmendorf.
Numerous attempts by the Wilson County News to reach a representative from TexStar or Calumet have been unsuccessful.
While Burnside knows that nothing can bring back the trees he played under as a boy, he has retained an attorney. Burnside urges anyone else who has experienced problems with the two firms to call TexStar’s attorney, Daniel W. Lanfear, at 210-824-9230.
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