Come late July, crews building the Kern River interstate natural-gas pipeline will begin plowing their way through the hills above Bountiful.
City Councilwoman Renee Coon, an outspoken critic of the project, has resigned herself to that fact.But she is still fighting to keep Kern River trucks out of Bountiful's neighborhoods.
Coon will have to look beyond her city government to help her, though, because the City Council and city attorney refused this week to draft an ordinance that would keep pipeline crews from using Bountiful streets to reach the pipeline right of way.
As the pipeline construction reaches the tops of the mountains between Davis and Morgan counties, Kern River plans to send huge trucks up Bountiful streets, carrying explosives, excavation equipment and 40-foot-long sections of 36-inch steel pipe to the project.
The pipeline will carry natural gas from southwestern Wyoming to Southern California.
Coon asked City Attorney Layne Forbes to look into drafting an ordinance that would prohibit the trucks from using the streets.
Forbes, however, told the City Council this week that the city cannot legally prohibit Kern River from using the streets as long as the company is complying with all traffic laws and state and federal laws pertaining to transportation.
Through the streets
Sometime next month, Kern River Gas Transmission Co. trucks will begin bringing equipment to the pipeline right of way in the mountains.
The company plans to use the following Bountiful city streets:
- 400 North to Skyline Drive.
- 1800 South to Mueller Park, which may be partially closed as a result of the construction.
- Bountiful Boulevard to Canyon Creek Drive in North Canyon.