Condemnation conflict won't stop groundbreaking - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Condemnation conflict won't stop groundbreaking on major Lubbock water project


By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As Lubbock prepares for the groundbreaking of its new water pipeline to Lake Alan Henry, a conflict looms closer than ever. 

The groundbreaking is March 23rd in Garza County. Mayor Tom Martin tells KCBD NewsChannel 11 that the city has either already started the process of condemning 8 Garza County road crossings or very soon will. The two sides could not come to an agreement earlier this month. 

Private landowners in Garza County have been paid $85 per rod, which is in many cases two or three times higher than market value. A rod is 16.5 feet. Sources inside the city tell KCBD NewsChannel 11 that Garza County does not charge oil & gas company any fee whatsoever for the right to cross a county road with a pipeline. Lubbock has reached an agreement with all private landowners in Phase I of the Lake Alan Henry pipeline project. 

Phase I was estimated to cost $35 million. The winning bid, however, came in at $16 million.

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