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Plantation pipeline upgrades scheduled

“Big Brother” knows who you are and where you are.

A representative of Kinder Morgan Plantation Pipeline Company told Farragut Municipal Planning Commission members that beginning this week the company would be clearing the right-of-way on its petroleum pipeline for weeks, going into resident yards and clearing trees and brush.

“We can’t give a map or detail which areas would be affected due to Homeland Security,” Danny Robinson, Kinder Morgan Plantation Pipeline area manager, said during the FBMA meeting April 19.

Robinson said Plantation Pipeline is an eight-inch steel pipe that runs from Washington, D.C. to Baton Rouge, La., carrying petroleum. The line runs through portions of Farragut and the company has a 15-foot right of way on either side of the line. The company is required by federal dictates to keep the right of way clear.

Robinson said Burford Tree Service would be doing the clearing, which elicited some comments from members of the FMPC.

“I’m sorry to hear it will be them,” chairman Robert “Bob” Hill said. “I’d characterize them as butchers.”

Hill said town residents were familiar with the company because it cleared the ROW for Colonial Pipeline several years ago.

“I think butcher is a good term,” Commissioner Edward St. Clair said. “It doesn’t do my heart good to hear they are coming back.”

St. Clair and Hill both have property that would be affected by the clearing of ROW.

“They [Burford] left debris all over the place,” Hill said. “They didn’t clean up.”

“We understand people don’t like having trees cut and we don’t like doing it, but we have a job to do,” Robinson said. “We’re going to try and be as responsible to the community as possible. If we make a mess, we’ll clean it up.”

He said residents are welcome to call the man who would oversee the project, Robin Taylor, at 423-899-4684 or 423-309-3624, with any questions or concerns.

“Have residents been notified this is going to happen?” Commissioner Rita Holladay said.

Robinson said letters would be going out to residents very soon.

“The key to this is going to be your supervision of your sub contractors,” St. Clair said.

“This is a very sensitive issue for us,” Hill said. “We like trees.”

Commissioner Ron Honken suggested Robinson and Plantation Pipeline exercise a little tact when dealing with



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