New pipeline expected to boost local economy
Houston County Courier
By Jenna Duncan News Reporter A new pipeline being constructed by ONEOK, which will have about 33 miles in Houston County, is expected to bring in roughly $500,000 in property taxes to the county beginning this year, a company representative told the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce Feb. 6. There will also be a small boost to the economy this year as the pipeline is constructed, which is slated to begin in May, since several contractors and various workers will be in the area to build and lay the pipeline, Anne Billingsley, ONEOK government affairs manager said. Two pipelines by the company already cross through Houston County, named Sterling I and Sterling II, and the newest, Sterling III, is slated to be completed by winter 2013. "The estimated sales tax revenue for Houston County currently is $138,000 and Crockett would be $416,000 - currently Crockett taxes that we spend in Houston County for Sterling 1 and 2 is roughly about $60,000," she said. "They're estimating $500,000 per year for your county, so this is a great economic booster. Our folks who are coming to work on this project are going to be staying here in your hotels, eating in your restaurants, shopping at your stores, filling up at your gas pumps because it's going to be supply and demand for us where y'all live." Currently, the company is in the process of acquiring the necessary land to lay the pipeline, with about 70 percent of the property needed already purchased. Because of this, the exact route of the pipeline has not yet been determined. While 33 miles will be within county limits, there will be a total of 310 miles of pipe in Texas and the entire line will span 570 miles. The pipeline will have a 16 inch diameter and once it is running, will be able to pump between 193,000 to 250,000 barrels of natural gas liquids (NGLs) a day. "It is a large amount of NGLs we'll be bringing through," Billingsley said.