Trinity homeowner’s yard destroyed by utility company

TRINITY, N.C. — A homeowner in Trinity is upset after he says a utility company ruined his front yard while preforming a routine inspection.

Scott Randolph says Piedmont Natural Gas crews showed up at his home on Friday as part of a routine pipeline inspection, and in the process completely dug up his yard.

“I saw a hole I could basically set my home in. It was quite disturbing,” Randolph said.

A Piedmont Natural Gas spokesman says a device used for the inspection got stuck in a pipe, and workers were forced to dig up Randolph’s yard to remove it.

“We had to go in and locate where the device was and then, to put it in simple terms, just dig down to the pipe, and dig out that section of the pipe to allow us to get that device out,” said David Trusty with Piedmont Natural Gas.

Randolph has been told that his row of bushes, fencing, entry way and some trees along a strip of land next to his driveway, which he owns, will have to be removed. However, Piedmont Natural Gas has the right-of-way and says the area needs to be cleared for safety reasons.

“There needs to be free and clear access for us [Piedmont Natural Gas],” Trusty explained.

Randolph was thinking about putting his house on the market soon and knows this will have an impact on the sale.

“It’s going to hurt the value and the resale of the property there’s no question,” he said.

Piedmont Natural Gas says they work with homeowners to repair property, but Randolph says the damage has already been done.

“A mess, there’s no other words for it,” Randolph said.

The pipeline inspections preformed in Randolph’s yard are part of federal regulations.

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