If you’re affected by the Whistler Pipeline Project, you should be aware of stakeholder meetings scheduled for Odessa, Uvalde and Alice, Texas. In this video, Condemnation Rights Attorney Philip Hundl describes the Whistler Pipeline Project, and he talks about these stakeholder meetings. If you’d like an appointment with Mr. Hundl, please call 800-929-1725.
Summary of the Whistler Pipeline Project Update Video
– Hi, I’m Philip Hundl, I’m an attorney with Wadler, Perches, Hundl and Kerlick. My practice area focuses on representing landowners in condemnation cases. Condemnation cases could be pipeline cases, high-voltage transmission lines or power lines, or even canal cases and highway expansion cases.
Description of the Project
Today I’d like to give an update on the Whistler Pipeline Project. This is a project that I’ve discussed before on my blog and the website and in a few videos. For those of you who are new to this project, it’s a 42-inch line, a natural gas line. It’s about 450 miles long running from the Midland – Odessa area. It comes out of a very popular interconnection or hub in West Texas in the Permian Basin. Whitewater Midstream is the company that’s behind the Whistler Pipeline Project.
Public Meetings Scheduled for Odessa, Uvalde and Alice, Texas
The reason why I want to talk about this particular project right now is because we’ve received a notice about some public meetings and stakeholder meetings coming up, actually next week — this is December 13, 2019. There are some stakeholder meetings coming up next week, December 17, 18 and 19. If you’re affected by the Whistler Pipeline Pipeline Project, I’ll also put a copy of the map of the project on my website.
We’ll link to WhiteWater Midstream’s website related to the operations. Not a lot of information is provided about the Whistler Pipeline Project on WhiteWater’s website, but there is some information. Most important are the stakeholder meetings coming up December 17 at the Odessa Marriott, in Odessa, Texas. Then December 18 there is one in Uvalde, Texas. Then December 19 there’s a public meeting in Alice, at the Alice Country Club.
The attorneys working with WhiteWater on this project are from a firm that we’ve dealt with quite a bit, Zable Freeman, based in Houston. I would imagine that some of the lawyers from Zable Freeman, along with company representatives of WhiteWater will be at these public meetings or stakeholder meetings.
We’ve seen stakeholder meetings like this with Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline Project. So, not all pipeline companies will hold these public meetings or stakeholder meetings.
As you may remember, one of the components of the recent eminent domain reform legislation that unfortunately did not pass the Texas Legislature, would have required these public meetings or stakeholder meetings.
What Happens at a Public Meeting
When there’s a power line project that is anticipated or a road expansion from TxDOT, there are public meetings and public hearings. These public meetings provide information to the public and to the landowners affected by the project. There is no requirement for pipeline companies to hold public meetings. However, I think pipeline companies have found it in useful for providing general information about the project.
What kind of information? The meetings should cover the specifications of the pipeline, the size of the pipe, and the products that will be transported through the pipeline. I know a lot of this information is online, available to folks, but there are certain landowners who probably don’t use the internet as much as others so this is a way for those landowners to become acquainted with the project.
The public meetings provide some of the project details and the engineering information. There are always questions about when the project will start and how long is construction going to take.
The construction will start at various points with various crews. I don’t know the specific details yet like how many segments will crews will be working on simultaneously. With the smaller projects, sometimes a project around 50 or 60 miles there will be only one construction crew working from one end to the other, working from east to west, or whatever. This one is so large that I would imagine there’ll be multiple crews working simultaneously on different segments.
So those are things that landowners need to know. Attorneys like me who represent landowners need to know this information as well. So some stakeholder meetings are coming up for this Whistler Pipeline Project next week. If you’re interested in the project or affected by the project, please plan to attend at least one of these meetings.
Let Us Help You Through the Condemnation Process
The Texas condemnation process can be confusing, and landowners should talk with an attorney to ensure that they understand the process. An experienced Landowner Condemnation Rights Attorney can help you through the process to the best outcome for you. You should remember that the right of way agent who contacts you on behalf of the Whistler Pipeline Project does not work for you and does not represent your interests.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Attorney Philip Hundl, please call 800-929-1725.