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Proposed pipeline route causing woes for Taylor County landowners

Published On: Jun 07 2013 10:14:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 10 2013 07:18:16 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Eminent Domain is when private land is taken for public use by a company or government. It may take place just south of Abilene where two companies, Occidental and Magellan, are building the BridgeTex Pipeline.

Mickey Redwine and his wife built their house from scratch more than 40 years ago, but Redwine was recently told that the companies building the pipeline will be digging up a 500 foot by 90 foot easement on their property.

"We’re sad about the blood and the tears and the sweat that went into this place for all of these years. Thinking that a giant oil company, pipeline company, can literally just come in and destroy what you have worked on for 40 years," said Redwine

Redwine already has one pipeline running along the back side of his house and he isn't he only one upset.

"It’s going to affect everybody because we already have a pipeline on the south side now we’re going to have a pipeline on the north side," said Marc Madrid who lives

The two companies building the pipeline, Magellan and Occidental have offered the Redwines $2,600 to dig up a portion of their land, but Redwine said it’s not even close to what they will lose. 

"You can not put anything on top of a pipeline, so if you look at this property today mowed and manicured and trimmed and you look at it with 150 foot easement that is nothing but red dirt, it’s going to completely destroy the value of my property as well as the value of my home," Redwine said.

Bruce Heine, Magellan Midstream director of media affairs, said they are trying to come to a monetary compromise.

"We're continuing to work with each landowner through the route to work out an agreement that works for both parties and that is our goal; to reach as many if not all agreements with landowners if possible," said Heine. 

Redwine said he would like to propose a different solution.

"The best thing for everybody involved would be to move the pipeline south where there's not any homes," said Redwine. 

Redwine said he and his wife were planning to sell their home to move to Central Texas next year. He’s worried that the construction of this pipeline will make it more difficult to get the kind of money they were expecting to make off of it. 

A group of residents are holding a meeting Wednesday, June 12, at Fairway Oaks at 4:30 p.m. There will a lawyer there to answer questions about eminent domain free of charge.