Correction: Nebraska natural gas pipeline story

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm •  Published: May 20, 2014
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NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — In a story May 19 about a natural gas pipeline that will run from Bancroft to Norfolk, The Associated Press reported erroneously that regulators have approved it. Black Hills Energy and Nebraska Public Service Commission officials say regulatory approval is not required for this project.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Route being set for new gas pipeline to Norfolk

Black Hills Energy talking to landowners, working out final route for new pipeline to Norfolk

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Black Hills Energy has been meeting with landowners along the likely route of a new natural gas pipeline that supporters say will ease the capacity problem at Norfolk.

The 50-mile line will run to Norfolk from the Northern Natural Gas interstate pipeline at Bancroft. It would allow the Norfolk area to receive natural gas from multiple pipelines to serve existing and future customers, especially businesses.

The line will supply natural gas to Houston-based Tejas Tubular Products among other customers, the Norfolk Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1jZi20r). Tejas Tubular has said it plans to build a plant next year near Nucor Steel that would bring about 200 new jobs to the area.

Pipeline construction is expected to begin as soon as weather permits in spring 2015. Gas should be flowing by November 2015.

Easements from landowners are being negotiated for 20 feet on each side of the line plus 35 feet of temporary easement during construction. Black Hills Energy wants to bury the line down 5 feet and will work with counties to ensure a 3-foot minimum under the bottom of a ditch and at least 10 feet under a creek bed.