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Residents Hope for Better Pipeline Disclosure

Shelley Miller stands by one of the markers in her backyard that notes where a pipeline is buried (KWMU photo)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Peters, MO –

More than 20,000 gallons of gasoline will race under St. Peters, Mo. in the next five minutes. That's actually not as unusual as it may sound.

There are thousands of miles of pipelines in the U.S., constantly shuttling gas, oil and other fuels from state to state.

The companies that own them have to keep the land above the pipes clear in case of an emergency, including possible terrorism.

And over the past year, some St. Peters residents have been told they need to dig up trees and remove sheds to keep the path clear.

But the homeowners aren't all mad at the pipeline companies because the pipelines were there first and those easements for the pipelines were noted on forms when they bought the houses.

Instead, many of the homeowners are mad at the people who built their houses.

KWMU's Tom Weber prepared this report, which can be heard by clicking the 'listen' icon above.


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