Comanche Trail Pipeline is committed to ensuring the long-term integrity of the region’s environment. As an operating principle, Comanche Trail Pipeline works with individual landowners to make accommodations and to achieve full restoration of impacted land. It is our expectation that our efforts mitigate disruptions and leave no long-term footprint.
The pipeline’s corridor is the best route which balances the constructability and safe operation of the pipeline, minimizes the environmental impact and provides economic development opportunity for local communities/businesses.
Comanche Trail Pipeline has incorporated protection of sensitive resources from the very start of the process to route, design, build and eventually operate a pipeline. During the initial conception stage of the pipeline and its proposed route, we selected a route that avoided and minimized the crossing of sensitive environmental resources as our base routing guideline. This, coupled with avoidance of residences, defines the route initially and then the entire route is field verified by civil, environmental and cultural survey studies that further identify sensitive areas for the project to avoid.
These land surveys along the route are in compliance with all state and federal requirements for a reasonable route and to discover and document restrictions. We request voluntary entry to survey, and make all efforts to secure voluntary entry. The environmental scientists that conduct surveys look for sensitive areas, endangered species and habitat. The cultural surveys include archeologists that search for evidence of artifacts, burial grounds, and other historical sites.
Appreciating the dark skies of the Big Bend region has been taken into account as part of our project engineering and design.
For additional information regarding the Dark Skies effort in Texas and around the world, check out the International Dark-Sky Association: www.darksky.org
In general, restoration includes, but is not be limited to, restoring the project area to preconstruction contours, allowing temporary work spaces to return to previous land use, and maintaining only minimal widths of right-of-way.
Final permanent easements are 50 feet wide. During construction we requested an additional 75 feet of temporary work space. Once construction is complete, in most cases property owners are be able to use the pipeline right-of-way just as they did before construction. Agricultural activities such as growing crops and pasturing livestock can resume as soon as the land is ready. To ensure safe, long-term operations, some restrictions may apply, including and typically limited to, no permanent structures can be built within the permanent easement and no deep-rooted trees can be planted within 25 feet of the pipeline or within the boundary of the permanent easement.
Agricultural areas are restored according to individual easement arrangements. All soils are placed back into the ditch as they were taken out; the soils are de-compacted and a native vegetative cover type is applied to the disturbed portion of the right-of-way; specific seed mix by landowner request can be applied if commercially available. Restoration in non-agricultural areas is performed in accordance with the Comanche Trail Post-Construction Restoration Procedures which include reseeding of the affected lands according to guidelines prepared using recommendations provided by specialists from the U.S Department of Agriculture in Fort Stockton, Texas.