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xgojim

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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 9:48:38 AM

For the Bradley’s, their quiet, wooded Lyndon Township MI backyard in the northwest corner of Washtenaw County is many things. To the family’s three daughters it’s a playground. To their father Brendan, it’s a place to grow vegetables and cultivate native plants. And to wife and mother Ztaise, it’s an integral part of her home. The majority of the family’s beloved yard is now in peril, as flags and markers indicate an imminent reality: A crude oil pipeline is plotted through the middle of the yard -- which means the trees, garden and rolling hill of the back yard will soon be leveled to make way for the project. The pipeline is Line 79, a project planned by Enbridge Pipelines Toledo Inc. as an expansion of the company’s crude oil delivery to the Detroit refinery of Marathon Petroleum.
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slicerette
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 5:17:31 PM

After they are finished placing the oil pipeline four feet underground, the soil will be placed over it, grass seed planted and the kids can play on it.
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sjf238
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:49:03 AM

Sad. Every child in America should have at least 1 yard to play in. I pray for the Bradley family and hope that they can recover from their loss.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 11:40:38 PM

Letemeatcake, there would be no title search as the land is not owned by the Bradley's, they lease it.
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Ahking
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:33:15 PM

Hope they resolve this equitably.
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remay
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:14:26 AM

Its got to go somewhere...
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Sparky19038
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 8:47:11 AM

The Bradley's knew of the easement, and of the *existing* pipeline. Their main complaint appears to be the method of laying the pipeline - leveling the back yard, and removing the trees to bury the pipe.

From the article:
Much of the Bradley’s backyard is in the middle of an easement owned by ITCTransmission, the parent company of Consumer’s Energy, which has transmission towers in the area directly behind the Bradley’s house.

ITC's transmission towers in the middle of wetlands behind the Bradley's home in Lyndon Township. The easement owned by ITCTransmission already has Enbridge's crude oil Line 17 running through it. Line 79 will go to the right of the towers in the Bradley's back yard, the edge of which is marked by the flags.

The easement is fairly large, and when the Bradley’s bought the house near the intersection of Farnsworth and Boyce roads six years ago, they never imagined the property they lease from ITC also would be in demand by Enbridge.

[Skipping ahead]

For that area, Ztaise Bradley said Enbridge plans to horizontally drill a path for the pipeline underneath the wetland instead of digging a trench through the area. When she asked the company to extend the horizontal drill underneath her back yard so it would not have to be leveled for the project, Ztaise Bradley said she was met with a negative response.

"I lease this land, too," Ztaise Bradley said. "Why is their project more important than my project?"
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Ticoman54
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 5:00:20 AM

Why do these types of projects have to come so close to where people live? Who is going to compensate the Bradleys for the loss of home value this is causing them?
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afghaned
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:35:29 AM

Heart tugging story provided by your local anti-pipeline organization.
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equusheart
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:00:31 AM

Wonder how you would find out information about things like this before you start in on the long process of escrow, or if that information is required to be given to renters. I wouldn't want an oil pipe running under my back yard. Although, I do find it interesting that they're concerned about the effect of the new pipe but don't seem to have expressed concerns about the old pipe. Even more interesting is that Enbridge is constructing the new pipe w/ the same materials and standards as the old pipe which has already dumped crude into the waterways. Hmmm . . . .
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NOTSOGRN
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:09:52 AM

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Expected as Enbridge has been doing PR ads in Michigan over the last month on pipeline upgrades.
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MN1
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:43:10 AM

First of many similar stories.
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JohnofGB
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:23:52 AM

There is already an easement and a pipeline to start with going through this property.
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bston
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:21:58 PM

You never can predict what may come along & threaten property you think you own!
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:52:42 PM


Normally the case would be that the Bradley's Title Company at the time of purchase, would have told them of the existing easements. These are not secret.

I am truly sorry for this extreme situation, but the Bradley's where probably not ignorant at the time of purchase.
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ktbaeohana
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 7:09:25 PM

not good news. watch and see.
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Wanda127
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 6:57:50 PM

This really shows you need to know what the easements are for & if they will use them before you buy a home.
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investmentdr
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 6:04:54 PM

Ed, have you seen enbridges track record with pipelines
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YaBassa
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 5:35:38 PM

I have nothing good to say about Enbridge.
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EdWoods
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:55:21 PM

A Pipeline should only be a short term disturbance, and then back to normal....... Unlike a Railroad Track or a Highway........ All three of which are Transportation methods.....
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:36:47 PM

once buried and re land scaped nobody will know the difference

[Edited by: humblepie at 11/24/2012 3:37:38 PM EST]
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:19:54 PM

Buyer beware.
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hmw10284
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:07:21 PM

You buy a house with an easement you have to expect something like this to happen
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mlmeng
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:59:56 PM

Glad I live where I live. It is very unlikely to get a pipeline.
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YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:56:51 PM

One always has to pay attention to the details.
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mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:18:19 PM

When the Bradleys closed on their house, the easement had to be disclosed. Or if Enbridge purchased the easement from the Bradleys after they closed, they would know then. It's a harsh awakening, but that's the price they must pay.
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dorisntx
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:10:56 PM

Wow. They should buy their house so the family can move.
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gasokie
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:08:19 PM

There are a lot of interesting comments on this. Makes you wonder sometimes.
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CVA19
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:04:45 PM

I never cease to be amazed at the response of people who enter into a contract (lease, in this case) and are then upset that the contract has teeth. This is "non-story". The family will retain the use of their backyard (albeit, in a different "lay-of-the-land").
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djwhit
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:00:59 PM

IT'S ABOUT TIME........
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GDAE
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:00:36 PM

"but im sure big money gets there first"

They always do :-(
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GDAE
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:59:30 AM

The sad price of so called progress.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:52:45 AM

but im sure big money gets there first
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:52:06 AM

When they leased the land behind the home they bought, they knew there was an easement, over which they have no control. The danger is that the pipeline will be only 4/10 inch thick & only be buried four or five feet deep If it leaks, it will affect their water supply. There have been leaks in this company's nearby pipelines. However, how long will they be drinking contaminated water before the leak is found?
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greatartiste
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:45:15 AM

this needs to be looked at, for changes to protect people...
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barber7796
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:38:43 AM

Not to worry. It appears the oil company is not giving enough money to help them with their PAIN AND SUFFERING. Just up the payment and everything will be fine.

Wish some oil company wanted to tear up my back yard. Be less to mow and would have more money to mow with.

[Edited by: barber7796 at 11/24/2012 11:40:43 AM EST]
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Zuegma
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:38:21 AM

I guess the story speaks volumes to the saying "Buyer Beware" and in particular of easements which just about anything can be added or deleted.
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GasFreeLeaf
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:35:47 AM

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness requires careful choices.
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tnfran
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:31:53 AM

Wow, quite a rude awakening , they did know about the easement but you'd think that the oil co could relocate it not in their back yard.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:19:17 AM

The word 'easement' is in the details for a reason. The northwest corner of our property has a county road running through it. The southwest corner allows our neighbor to the south to use a driveway to get to his house from the same county road. Such is life.....
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Discovery02
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:58:59 AM

Yes, you should check your property for easements. Most people don't know where they are or what they mean until someone shows up with a backhoe.
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VomVom
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:49:39 AM

The landowners are well compensated with fair market value for the easement. The landowner still owns the land. He/she cannot build permanent structure on the easement so the utilities company can access the pipeline for service if necessary.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:39:07 AM

I hope those families are being well compensated.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:37:46 AM

What a revolting development this is.
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jimgraham
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:23:19 AM

Kind surprised that a easement for a power line could be used for a pipeline. Must have been a really stupid landowner in the chain somewhere. Unless that landowner got a ton of money for the easement.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 10:19:00 AM

Okay
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 9:57:46 AM

Sad state of affairs when emminent domain is used to take part of folks property for these purposes. But when we see these articles we usually do not get the full picture of what is really happening.
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xgojim
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 9:50:44 AM

This is a lesson about checking easements on your property, our sympathy to the family notwithstanding....
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