MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Warning markers line Ridge Road in Saraland where a crude oil pipeline is currently in operation.
Plains All American Pipeline said the line runs from Ten Mile to Lumberton, Mississippi. It goes through a section of Big Creek Lake and has been in the ground for 60 years.
"Plains has owned the line since 2004. It was replaced in the 90s (and) we have not had any issues with that pipe. It handles the same crude we're sending through to Gulf Coast pipeline," said Dwayne Koehn with Plains All American Pipeline.
The 14-inch pipeline is something Mobile Area Water and Sewer System said it's investigating since Plains Southcap wants to build another crude oil line near Big Creek Lake right along Hamilton Creek.
"We know the easement was given in the 1950s before Big Creek Lake," said MAWSS spokesperson Barbara Shaw. "We want to know how it's inspected, how it's maintained. It's 60-years-old."
Doyle Turner, who lives near the current line, said he's seen Plains employees along the route.
"They came two weeks ago to check depths with a gauge. They would not give us a depth range. They checked it themselves and said it's up to date with them but different times when it rains hard, we can see the pipeline visible," he said.
Turner said the visible line is a recipe for disaster.
"We have to maintain the roads without own equipment. If we damage the pipeline, we've been told numerous times we would be liable for it," Turner said.
Shaw said thankfully, the current line is in the northern part of the watershed and farther away from the intake where the new pipeline is set to be built.
That doesn't ease its worries.
MAWSS said its goal is to get the new pipeline out of the Mobile County watershed.
Plains filed a lawsuit against MAWSS to seize its property for the right of way of the pipeline that's currently under construction and 70 percent complete
MAWSS said it has not been served the papers yet and it's still waiting on a safety report about the new pipeline from Kellogg Brown and Root.
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