That’s because the under-construction Nexus natural gas pipeline cuts across the entire front of their 25-acre property, with heavy equipment regularly rumbling along the right of way on their land. The project in Green currently involves the digging of an 8-mile-long swath of deep trenches for the 36-inch diameter pipeline to go into.
The Days have front-row seats to the work.
But the construction, which includes a process called dewatering, also is polluting a nearby pond and wetlands on the property — and, so far, efforts to mitigate any damage have fallen on deaf ears, the Days said. They’ve retained
“We’ve lived here 23 years. We built this property, we dug this lake and everything was beautiful,”
Day is 79 and retired; he previously owned an A&W Root Beer drive-in stand for 13 years in the
“We made a comfortable living. We bought this place,” he said.
Central Land employees who were on the site Thursday said it appears that the dewatering process, which includes constant spraying of two streams of groundwater from the right of way into the Days’ pond, is causing environmental harm. Water levels at one point plunged and now have risen to nearly overflow levels, they said. Employees also said they have found dead bass and bluegill fish that the Days stocked in the pond.
Nexus, meanwhile, said the pipeline project complies with environmental guidelines, including on the Day property. The water sprayed into the pond comes from groundwater from the area where the pipe will be installed, a company spokesman said.
The dewatering process taking place on the Day property is commonly used for pipe installation, spokesman
“Nexus has had several meetings with the landowner and continues to work toward an amicable resolution,” Parker said. “An environmental agency representative has inspected the dewatering method and found that Nexus is in compliance with the dewatering requirements as outlined in the project’s plans and permits.”
Nexus is committed to safe and environmentally responsible practices, including meeting environmental permitting requirements and water quality standards, Parker said.
“Great effort has been taken to address individual landowner concerns and minimize disruption during the construction process,” he said. “Our construction and environmental inspectors, as well as environmental agency compliance monitors, oversee the day-to-day construction activities.”
Nexus works diligently to look into and address all legitimate claims, Parker said.
The city of Green hired its own environmental consultant to monitor the building of the 8 miles of pipeline through the city, spokeswoman
So far, “they are not seeing anything that is not outside an acceptable norm,” she said.
The consultant will go out Friday and look over the project and likely will examine the Days’ property, Wolford said.
She said based on records she was reviewing, the Days as of Thursday had not contacted the city about pipeline issues. “We can help steer them through the process,” Wolford said.
City officials meet weekly with Nexus pipeline representatives to discuss issues that include landowner complaints, she said.
Day said he and his wife bought their property 25 years ago, taking a couple of years to clear the land and build their home.
Because of the pipeline work, “it’s just not what it was. It’s not home anymore,” he said.
Nexus said it pays for damages caused by pipeline construction “and restores the property as near as practicable to its pre-construction contours.”
“I don’t think they can ever restore this to the nice lake that I had,” Day said. His family, including seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, like to swim, boat and fish there, he said.
“Since Nexus came in here, they destroyed my property,” he said. “They say they’re going to fix it up but all they do is tear it up.”
Nexus said landowners with construction related questions can call a hotline at 1-844-589-3655.
The $2.1 billion Nexus pipeline will stretch 255 miles when complete, carrying 1.5 billion cubic feet of fracked
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