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Proposed natural gas pipeline to run through Beulah and Hazen

9/04/08 (Thu)

Proposed natural gas pipeline to run through Beulah and Hazen An underground natural gas pipeline has been proposed to run through Beulah and Hazen, with construction to potentially begin next spring, pending project approval. The high-pressure gas transmission line would branch from the Northern Border Pipeline and enter the very southwest corner of Mercer County, running northwest through Beulah and continuing east to Hazen. The Northern Border Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline that brings gas from Canada through Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa into the Chicago area. “We’re tying into a mammoth system,” Primary Contractor Gerald Rushmore of Major Pipelines L.L.C., Grand Rapids, Mich., said of the Northern Border Pipeline. “We wouldn’t feel the least bit nervous signing a 20 or 30-year contract.” Rushmore recently approached the Mercer County Commission to provide an update on the potential project. Project representatives have met with the North Dakota Public Service Commission as well as several local governments, Rushmore said, and are now waiting for feedback from local governments. Company representatives appeared before the Hazen City Commission a few years ago, Hazen City Planner Steve Frovarp said, and proposed a plan that eventually fell through. And to his knowledge, they have not appeared before the commission since. Major Pipeline chose Hazen and Beulah because of the two towns’ combined population and prosperity. “(Hazen and Beulah) are sufficient enough sizes to warrant an economic expenditure of this size,” Rushmore said. “If we’re going to spend $10, $12, $15 million, we need to know there’s some customers on the other end. The majority of towns that size in N.D. have natural gas service. We’ll arrange all the financing, and we don’t expect anything from anyone.”