Newalla Couple Fighting Pipeline Coming Through

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NEWALLA, Okla.-- There is more controversy on the pipeline that’s cutting a path from Cushing to Longview, Texas.

It’s weaving its way through the properties of dozens of Oklahomans and some say the company, Plains All American, is not playing fair.

Rodd and Sherry Edsall have lived on their Newalla property for 9 years on a lease to purchase agreement.

They just recently became the full owners.

But the company they purchased it from signed an agreement with Plains All American for the pipeline to come through.

The Edsalls now say the company is taking way more land than they were supposed to.

“Me and my son just spent several years cleaning up the garbage, the trash,” said Rodd Edsall.

The Edsalls love their two acre parcel in the country.

Last month, when they became officials owners of the land, it should’ve been a happy day.

“Ha! I wish. It would’ve been if all this wasn’t going on. It would’ve been awesome,” said Rodd Edsall.

But they say the pipeline coming through has ruined that.

The original agreement with the former property owners shows a small part of land being taken on the backside of their property.

The couple says the company has cleared away more of their land though, taking out upwards of a hundred trees.

“There was a big beautiful pine tree where you see that stump there,” said Sherry Edsall.

They say Plains All American has only paid them for one tree that was removed.

The Edsalls say they’ve asked them to stay away until something can be worked out.

But during our interview Tuesday morning, some workers drove onto their property.

“Here they go again. And see, they’re not even supposed to be over there. They’re not supposed to be on our property,” said Rodd Edsall.

Edsall confronted the workers and they ended up driving off.

“You’re trespassing as of right now, sir,” Edsall told the workers.

“You cannot protect your property no more. You have no rights any more. What do you do?” he said, frustrated.

“It’s sad. It really is that they do people like this and people work for their land and then it’s gone. And it’s never going to be the same. I mean it’s never going to look like it did,” said Sherry Edsall.

The Edsalls have never signed any kind of agreement with Plains All American so they have hired an attorney and plan to go after the company in court.

Plains All American sent us this statement.

Since 2007, we have constructed over 2,300 miles of pipeline in the U.S., and our experience has been that we are usually able to reach mutually agreeable terms with landowners, which we did with this property’s previous owner last year. It is important to us to have good relationships with landowners, as we hope to have our pipelines in service for a long time. While we can’t comment on specifics relating to an individual property or landowner, we are currently discussing Mr. Edsel’s concerns with his attorney. We hope to come to a mutual understanding soon.

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