Post # 16
you said it’s a “petroleum transmission line”? Hard no from me…. however if you do decide to move forward with it anyway, contact the EPA as well to find out if there have been issues…
Post # 18
Wouldn’t concern me in the least, actually, I’d probably be happy about it because it means no one is going to build something behind you, on that easement. Just be sure you know what it is and what they can do with it.
I get the environmental issues, but these lines are EVERWHERE. The likelihood of it leaking is slim to nothing, and the owner would have to fix it. Just get more info.
Post # 19
Sorry, I would run away from this now and keep looking.
Post # 20
- Wedding: August 2017 - Orange County, CA
A petroleum pipline is super different from water, gas, electric, or even sewage. Think oil spill, chemical contamination bad, if there ever was a leak. Not to mention that most industries have an “acceptable” rate of leakage. I would not want the risk of breathing volatile organic compounds everytime I went outside, not to mention I wouldn’t want to grow vegetables because of what they might absorb from the soil.
I’m sorry, I know how frustrating house hunting can be. I would get a survey and a reliable expert opinion at the very least.
Post # 21
petroleum lines are not everywhere. These lines leak frequently. And clean up is not always covered by the owner. I’ve overseen dozens of cleanups where the company that caused the contamination cannot be held responsible. I’ve seen “clean” environmental reports on properties which ended up requiring millions of dollars of remediation work. I would never knowingly buy a home next to a petroleum line.
OP, here is a link to a study on the impact on value:
Pipeline safety expert’s comments about living near a pipeline:
Post # 22
Thank you again for all of the great thoughts and advice! Please keep it coming.
Post # 23
Pipelines leak, it’s not if, it’s when. I would say no. Sorry about the dream house though, that is unfortunate.
Post # 24
If you can confirm exactly what type of pipeline it is, I can ask my friend who is a geologist. His job is literally cleaning up underground contamination from leaks and spills such as this. And believe me…he’s very busy and the EPA is a joke, so I wouldn’t assume a leak or cleanup is unlikely or simple.
Post # 25
I’d call to find out what exactly it is but that’s a big no for me.
Post # 26
Pipelines leak. It happens frequently too, we just don’t hear it on the news 😉
I would RUN. It’s a HARD no for me.
Post # 27
Just wanted to say thank you all so much for your advice. This was a terrible situation which we never want to repeat. We are out of it and have learned a lot from the experience.
Post # 28
What was the story with the pipeline?
Post # 29
Thank you for that info because I (think?) this isn’t common knowledge