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Enbrige working within feet of Calhoun Co. man's house
CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - What once was quiet countryside is now noisy construction zone throughout Southwest Michigan as Enbridge Energy is installing its new pipeline from Canada to Indiana.
And at David Gallaghers house the construction is too close for comfort.
Just a few feet from his sun room construction equipment rumbles by all day long and he says it can be deafening.
"I work from home and that makes it real difficult to focus on work when you see a 50 ton bulldozer mere feet or inches from your home," says Gallagher.
He says he feels like at any time one of the machines could accidently knock down a wall of his home. And this is just laying the groundwork, Enbridge will still have to dig a trench here and lay in the new pipe.
Gallagher admits he was compensated but says it was take it or leave it.
"We feel our house has been depreciated. It's almost feeling like you sold your soul to the devil but at the same time you didn't get a fair price for your soul," says Gallagher.
But Enbridge says all homeowners unique inconveniences are factored into what it will pay.
"The closer construction is to a house, you are compensated at a higher level than someone 500 or 600 yards away, you are compensated for the time we're there and any inconvenience," says Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum.
Gallagher admits he's always know the pipeline was there and could need maintenance but he says he never imagined it would come so close.
"It's pretty devastating and we know the worst is yet to come," says Gallagher.