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Be aware of line work

A pipeline carrying natural gas will soon rung under the feet of some of the residents who live in the southern part of Ellis County, and that is something it is wise to be educated about.
Granted, there are legitimate concerns that are generated by that kind of news, but the county is working to mitigate some of the biggest.
Pipeline accidents are not impossible. Construction crews and city and county workers who might be operating heavy machinery in the general vicinity of a volatile fuel pipeline are instructed to take every reasonable precaution. Residents are also urged to pay heed to the development.
Gas explosions can be devastating occurrences, but they have been relatively infrequent in the last decadewith the National Transportation Safety Board reporting 14 explosions in points around the country.
The pipeline headed through our county will slice through some areas with smaller populations far away from any of the more densely packed cities like Ennis and Waxahachie.
Of more immediate concern in terms of impacts we’ll likely feel is the damage to county roads that could happen during the construction of the long pipe. Crews will be digging five-foot ditches to accommodate the 42-inch line, so there will be significant traffic disruptions on some of the exterior county roads, and heavy construction equipment has been known to damage roads, as well.
There will be benefits to the area that come from the pipeline’s presence, namely in the industrial arena, where natural gas users will be able to tap into the line for various industrial needs. That means the tantalizing lure of further progress in the area, and natural gas is one of the cleaner-burning of the fossil fuels available.
County residents need be aware of the effects the work will have and what the project will mean for their lives in the short and long term.

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