The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Government

October 10, 2012

Permit for gas pipeline raises concerns for commissioners

NORMAN — After much discussion Tuesday, Cleveland County commissioners rejected an application for a utility permit for the installation of a temporary gas pipeline on a county right of way.

The board had several oppositions that led to the rejection of the item, but afterward, the company, West Star Operating Company, was asked to submit a new application to better meet the county’s concerns.

Commissioner Rusty Sullivan was concerned that the temporary gas pipeline would be above-ground, which could be a safety issue. Sullivan said there could be problems if someone was mowing the area and accidentally hit the pipeline.

Commissioner George Skinner also added that it could be a safety issue when grading roads.

The pipeline would be in the southeastern part of the county coming from Pottowatomie County into Cleveland County. It would run east to west, crossing at the right of way on 192nd Street and Moffatt Road.

The three-inch pipeline also would be running through the county’s 24-inch culvert system, which is where drainage travels.

Commissioner Rod Cleveland said October is usually the wettest month in terms of rainfall, which could cause water to back up if there are any obstructions.

“Culverts aren’t made to be an interstate system,” Cleveland said.

Also, when water backs up, the county is liable, he said.

A representative from West Star Operating Company laid out several options for the county to consider to proceed with the pipeline. He said they could bury it and/or have the pipeline there for a shorter amount of time to see if a well in the area could produce.

The application stated that the temporary pipeline would be there for one year. The representative said the company can sometimes find information that will determine whether a well will produce from 30 to 90 days. If the well could produce, they would try to put a permanent pipeline in the same general area.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Government
  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • General fund continues to decline as expenses exceed anticipated revenues

    Norman’s expenses will again outstrip projected revenue in the current budget before the city council. The budget for the fiscal year that starts in July and ends June 30, 2015, projects $210,982,020 in total revenues and $213,436,778 in ...

    April 16, 2014

  • County hears presentation on employment opportunities

    The Cleveland County Board of Commissioners listened to a presentation Monday to consider partnering with a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for prison inmates re-entering the community. Patrick Viklund, Center for ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Drilling operation shows policy gap

    While Norman residents are being encouraged to use rain barrels, a Texas oil and gas company is pumping thousands of gallons of treated drinking water into the ground. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission controls permits for drilling, ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Filings finished

    In addition to Ward 2 Norman City Council candidates Clint Williams and Aliesha Karjala several federal, state and county officials will be on the June 24 ballots. Filing for offices that serve Cleveland County residents are: · ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Fracking review online

    The Oklahoma Hydraulic Fracturing State Review is available on the Corporation Commission’s website, occeweb.com. Completed in 2011 by a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization, State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Candidates file for state and federal positions Thursday

    New filings on Thursday include: ; ...

    April 11, 2014

  • City briefs

    Egg hunt today  Norman’s Easter Egg Hunt will be today at Andrews Park. Activities — including moon bounces, games, giveaways and Easter Bunny photos (bring your own camera) — will start at 5:30 p.m....

    April 11, 2014

  • Norman residents among those seeking to run for county, state offices in first day of filing

    Filing for county and state offices started Wednesday and continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday. A handful of Democrats and a trickle of Independents vye with a field heavy-laden with Republican candidates. There are few ...

    April 10, 2014