Friday the Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit to the county allowing it to bury the pipeline with rock filled mattresses. The state had already issued its permit for the project.
When the pipeline was installed in 1998, it was supposed to be buried under four and a half inches of sand on the bay bottom. However, only a portion of the pipe was buried because of swift currents and a rocky bay bottom.
1,490 feet were left unprotected. County Commission Chairman George Gainer has been pursuing this solution since he was elected, and he's a happy man.