For years Boulder Knoll has been allowed to use the County land along Waller Rd.
It seems that they didn't build Waller Road very straight and it is not exactly where it is supposed to be. In our area, Waller Road is about 50 feet east of where it should be.
While they are not about to move the road, the right-of-way remains the same.
For many decades no one cared. However, in Aug 2008, Puget Sound Gas & Electric (PG&E) decided to install a 16" natural gas pipe line along the Waller Road right of way and the center of that right of way is right through our pastures.
we received a mailing that let us know where the natural gas
pipeline was going and a
representative stopped and told us that our beloved golden plum tree
might be lost. Technically the tree is on County property, but
said that they
would do their best to save it.
They knew that the plum tree was important to us and they measured carefully and and did their best to do the least possible damage, but we knew that some damage was inevitable.
plum tree did need some pruning.
This year, I guess we'll just call it "aggressive" pruning.
(The real disturbance was to the root system and the tree hasn't produced well since then.)
|The rest of the operation was
fascinating to watch
The hoe operators dug the ditch while several lengths of pipe were laid out and welded into one long piece.
Once the welds and paint layers passed their tests, the pipe was set into the sand lined trench.