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Arrogant Oil and Gas Company Peregrine Pipeline and the FightBack from Parker County Texas Court
 


16 May 2007 at 9:46:26 AM
salon

Wow! This was quite the story. Seems that Peregrine Pipeline Company LP (Subsidiary of David H Arrington Oil and Gas) wanted to put in a big old gas compression station south of Weatherford. Not only did the neighbors not like it or want it, but the representative at the commisoner's court was smacked back when he tried to lie about who knew about the fact they were trying to put it in.

Things heated up in the packed courtroom when Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny Choate questioned Keilberg over whether or not he followed through on a promise to meet with affected property owners.

“I thought that you had indicated to me and this court that you had spoken to all the neighbors and everybody was on-board with what you were doing and the way you were doing it,” Choate said. “I just heard you say you talked to one property owner.”

Keilberg admitted he had not talked with two adjoining landowners, but said it was his impression that the county had given public notice. Riley said notification was the county’s legal responsibility and he reiterated Choate’s question about whether or not Keilberg had lied.

“We asked and you say, ‘I will,’ or ‘I did,’ and it turns out that you didn’t,” Choate said. “Now what else are we not going to get. What are you going to tell us that you’ll do, and then you don’t do?”

His voice slightly raised, Keilberg said, “I don’t respect that at all. I have done everything that I said I would do.”

Riley responded by hammering his gavel for the first time ever in Commissioners Court. “You’re not going to raise your voice in this courtroom, sir. He has the right to ask a question,” Riley said.

So what does this guy do, because he didn't like being questioned? He used the Oil and Gas Threaten Routine.

During a recess following the discussion, Keilberg said Peregrine’s status as a public utility affords it the right to forcibly seize the property, but said he seriously doubted the company would pursue legal action.

“We have the total legal authority to override this court and do it by eminent domain or condemnation, however, we chose not to do that,” he said.

Keilberg said the new compressor station will probably just be moved to someone’s private property. “It would be less expensive to us because we agreed to put up sound walls at the Farm ... there’s no ordinance, or requirement that says we have to do that.”

Makes me sick. It just shouldn't be that gas companies can come in and seize people's properties, and heck, if citizens don't want a gas *sweetener* plant near them, they shouldn't have to have it, despite gas company threats. As one citizen, Richard Bowers said.

“About a year and a half ago, the county entered into contracts to drill on the county property ... we endured day and night the drilling noise, the lights, the dust and everything else that came with that, knowing full-well that it was temporary,” he said. “What we’re concerned with is not only the visual ... we’re trying to prevent the 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week noise that this compressor is going to present to us and our families.”


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