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Gas pipeline project near halfway mark

Hasn't reached all areas along path

POSTED: August 25, 2012 5:00 p.m.
For the Forsyth County News/

Atlanta Gas Light is laying more than 7 miles of pipeline in southwestern Forsyth County.

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The installation of a natural gas pipeline through 7.3 miles of southwestern Forsyth is about halfway completed.

Atlanta Gas Light is putting in a 24-inch transmission line to meet the growing demand.

The company expects the project will be completed in October as scheduled, spokeswoman Jodie Huiet wrote in an e-mail.

“Once completed, the new pipeline will allow us to continue to provide safe and reliable natural gas service to the surrounding communities, especially during the colder months when the demand rises,” Huiet wrote.

The line will extend from a facility in Ball Ground and travels southeast crossing Post and Bethelview roads and Hwy. 9 before ending just past Ga. 400.

The company purchased the easements in the 1960s, according to Huiet.

Due to the county’s growth over the ensuing decades, several homes and subdivisions have been built on properties along the line’s path.

The company contacted homeowners before the project began to work out compensation for costs associated with the work, such as street cleaning or land restoration, Huiet wrote.

Sheri Sands, who has a 50-foot easement through the yard of her Huntington Crest Lane home, said she didn’t expect so much inconvenience from the project.

“They said they were going to come through and dig a hole, put in the pipe and cover it back up,” Sands said. “They didn’t tell us that my property would be the thoroughfare and a storage facility for a good portion of the project.”

Sands said work began in July and she was told it would likely take two weeks.

“My house shakes rattles and rolls like we’re having an earthquake,” she said. “This is happening literally 10 feet from my door.”

She requested that the county review the work, which is taking place near a creek, and a Forsyth inspector issued a warning letter.

The crew then spent six hours getting the site up to code, and Sands added that she received more attention from the company to resolve her issues.

Sands said she was aware of the easement when buying the home in 2008, but the documentation showed it was 5 feet rather than the actual 50 feet.

“There should be a whole lot more information in real estate when people are buying a home with an easement that’s disclosed to them,” she said.

The Atlanta Gas Light project hasn’t yet reached all the areas along the easement in the county, said Forsyth Commissioner Todd Levent.

“I do drive through all of these locations periodically to see how things are going,” Levent said.

 

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