Farmer Ben Polasek was quoted as saying,” They’ll do what they want, and they don’t care who they step on to get there. It’s all about how quickly they can get that pipe in the ground.”
Industry whistle-blowers have reported shortcuts in building pipelines across the country especially when schedules are not being met. Pipeline welds reportedly go uninspected to meet imposed contracted timelines. Whistle-blowers complain of pipe being buried before inspection results are verified.
The Nexus pipeline is far behind schedule not to meet their contractual completion date of November 2017 for the first pipeline. A second pipeline in its future plans makes the Nexus route a co-corridor of pipeline development. With all the opposition to pipelines in the country, it makes any established pipeline route more valuable for future development. Do you think the industry’s subcontractors will honor quality over completion bonuses in meeting a rushed schedule? When they leave with bonus checks in hand, never to be seen again, the beleaguered easement landowners will wonder what the future will bring or if there is a future.
Ottawa Lake, Michigan