Anyone who takes a drive through a Northwest Omaha neighborhood will notice something odd. Some back yard fences with gaps.
Northern Natural Gas won't allow any structure over its pipe line and that includes fences. However several homeowners argue the company grant permits that allows fences with access to the easement five feet on both sides of the pipeline.
One homeowner reads that to allow gates but the gas company sued. Neighbor Matt Anderson says that left him in a dilemma. Anderson says "Do I put up my fence the have to spend money and time to take it down if I'm sued."
Mike Loeffler of Northern Natural says lawsuits against homeowners are the last thing the company wants. But he says crews need access in case for inspections and repairs.
Gates he said block line of sight. But Homeowners like Bob Pavelka say gates are a reasonable compromise so homeowners can complete fences for the safety of children and pets.
Homeowners have found other neighborhoods where fences cross over the natural gas pipeline. Northern Natural will investigate if those properties have appropriate permits.