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The Thin Green Line through West Dallas or Bye Bye Bajada!

April 16, 2011

See that thin green line right above I30 coming into Dallas? That’s a gas transmission line coming from the West into the West Dallas neighborhood known as Bajada and then into downtown.

Now compare that with a Google map of Dallas. Does that transmission line sit next to the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge?

Click on the maps to enlarge.

Hasn’t West Dallas had enough disrespect already? Haven’t we all? We wonder.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2011 4:39 pm

    Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline

    A natural gas transmission pipeline is a pipeline used to transport natural gas from a gathering, processing or storage facility to a processing or storage facility, large volume customer, or distribution system. A large volume customer may receive similar volumes of gas as a distribution center, and includes factories, power plants, and institutional users of gas.

    Technically speaking: A natural gas transmission pipeline is a pipeline, other than a gathering line, that 1) transports gas from a gathering line or storage facility to a distribution center, storage facility, or large-volume customer that is not downstream from a distribution center; 2) operates at a hoop stress of 20 percent or more of specified minimum yield strength (SMYS); or, 3) transports gas within a storage field.


  2. April 16, 2011 4:53 pm

    Gas Gathering Line

    Gathering lines are pipelines that transport oil or natural gas from the wellhead to a transmission line.

    Technically speaking: For gas pipelines, a gathering line is a pipeline that transports gas from a current production facility to a transmission line or main (49CFR 192.3). For hazardous liquid pipelines, a gathering line is a pipeline that is no more than 8 5/8 inches (219.1 mm) in diameter and transports petroleum from a production facility (49CFR 195.2).


  3. April 16, 2011 5:05 pm

    Gas Distribution Line

    A distribution line is a line used to supply natural gas to the consumer. A distribution line is located in a network of piping located downstream of a natural gas transmission line. As defined in natural gas pipeline safety regulations, a distribution line is a pipeline other than a gathering or transmission line.


  4. April 16, 2011 5:30 pm

    Why hasn’t the Texas legislature already passed Lon Burnam’s proposed bill??? It’s simply a STUDY. Good grief!

    Lots of gas gathering pipelines that hook up with transmission pipelines going in all over North Central Texas including Dallas County. The “gas gathering pipelines” are being built wherever there are producing shale gas wells…in our neighborhoods and cities…near schools. Lots of wells mean lots of pipelines. Non-odorized.

    HB 1125 Burnam

    Relating to a study regarding the odorization of natural gas transported in
    gathering and transmission lines located in populated areas. This bill would require the Railroad Commission to conduct a study regarding the effectiveness, costs, and benefits of odorizing gas in gathering and transmission pipelines in urban areas. The study would
    also examine exemptions to federal odorization requirements that many transmission lines currently receive and identify effective alternative leak detection methods.

    Link (page 2)


  5. concerned64 permalink
    April 16, 2011 10:01 pm

    thank you very much for the explanation.

  6. Brown Bess permalink
    April 17, 2011 8:57 pm

    How do we know this line isn’t already in the ground?

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