Phillips 66 to Lay Pipeline Under River Parks Land Near Keystone Dam

Jul 19, 2019

A new section of petroleum pipeline will go through land near Keystone Dam owned by River Parks Authority.

Phillips 66 will bury about 300 feet of pipeline there and pay $4,200 under an agreement approved by the River Parks Authority this week.

"It is south of Keystone Dam, or downstream from Keystone Dam on the south bank. It’s actually going to be bored underneath the river. So, we won’t have any structures or anything on top," said River Parks Executive Director Matt Meyer.

The pipeline will be in an undeveloped, 50-acre area near 209th West Avenue.

"It’s primitive land that we haven’t developed. It’s not close to the downtown part of the park. It could be valuable someday — even more so — as a mitigation area if the [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service] or the [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] requires it for some other development here in town," Meyer said.

Meyer said right-of-way contracts like the one with Phillips 66 are common.

"We have another pipeline easement, we have a couple of fiber optic easements. So, yeah. We’ve done it before," Meyer said.

There are pipelines at Turkey Mountain, for example.