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Steve Kelly, Project Manager
Valley Expansion Project
2010 Montana Avenue
Glendive, MT 59330

Toll-free: 844-VALY-EXP (844-825-9397)

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Tony Spilde
701-530-1061
tony.spilde@mduresources.com

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

The proposed Valley Expansion Project involves approximately 37.3 miles of 16-inch diameter natural gas pipeline between Viking Gas Transmission Company’s natural gas transmission pipeline near Felton, Minnesota, and a tie-in location on WBI Energy’s natural gas transmission pipeline near Mapleton, North Dakota. A new compressor station of approximately 3,000 horsepower will be constructed near Mapleton, North Dakota. WBI Energy will construct a new measurement station near Felton, Minnesota, along Viking Gas Transmission Company’s natural gas pipeline. WBI Energy also will construct a new regulator station near Sanborn, North Dakota, and will replace existing town border stations in Stutsman and Burleigh counties, North Dakota. The cost of the Valley Expansion Project is estimated to be $55 million to $60 million, based on the current design.

The proposed Valley Expansion Project pipeline would move natural gas from Viking Gas Transmission Company’s pipeline to WBI Energy’s transmission pipeline to serve the natural gas needs of under-served customers in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Route Selection

A preliminary route for the new pipeline has been selected and survey work began in the summer of 2016. The actual construction of the new pipeline is anticipated to begin in spring 2018, upon receiving all necessary regulatory and other approvals, with a proposed in-service date of Nov. 1, 2018. WBI Energy considers safety, agriculture, environmental considerations, land-use compatibility, constructability and cultural resources when determining a proposed pipeline route. As the project proceeds through the regulatory process, WBI Energy has sought input from landowners and other stakeholders to determine the final pipeline route.

The pipeline route will traverse through northern Clay County, Minnesota and into eastern Cass County, North Dakota. Approximately 18.3 miles of the pipeline route will be in Clay County and 19 miles will be in Cass County. 

REGULATORY

On Sept. 30, 2016, WBI Energy filed a request to participate in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's NEPA pre-filing review process for the Valley Expansion Project. The purpose of the pre-filing process is to encourage early involvement of interested stakeholders, to facilitate interagency cooperation, and to identify and resolve issues before the application is filed with FERC. The Valley Expansion Project would be regulated by the FERC. On April 26, 2017, WBI Energy filed an application with the FERC under Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act, requesting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity by December, 2017. 

The FERC is also the lead federal agency responsible for conducting the project's environmental review. WBI Energy submitted responds to FERC staff's environmental data request in preparation of an environmental assessment (EA). On Sept. 20, 2017, FERC staff prepared an EA for the Valley Expansion Project and requested comments from stakeholders.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

WBI Energy is committed to providing landowners, communities and other stakeholders with opportunities to both learn about the Valley Expansion Project and provide input about issues, expectations and concerns. As part of this commitment, WBI Energy distributed project information to landowners and other stakeholders, held public open houses and hosts a project website. During the regulatory process, similar opportunities will be provided by FERC as it gathers input as part of the scoping process.

COMMITMENT

WBI Energy has endorsed and fully supports the landowner commitments developed by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. These eight commitments build and maintain strong, positive relationships with landowners.

1. Respect and trust.

2. Accurate and timely information.

3. Negotiate in good faith.

4. Respect the regulatory compact.

5. Responding to issues.

6. Outreach.

7. Industry ambassadors.

8. Ongoing commitment to training.

The full document highlighting these commitments can be found online at: www.WBIEnergy.com/wbienergy/transmission/landowners.

Reclamation of the pipeline right-of-way to the condition of the land prior to the construction of the project is a priority for WBI Energy. WBI Energy will hire contractors to accomplish the construction work and is ultimately responsible for complete site restoration. WBI Energy acknowledges this responsibility and provides its complete contact information to all involved parties to use should problems exist with restoration.

SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT

WBI Energy knows that safety is a priority for North Dakotans and Minnesotans. Once constructed, the new pipeline will be inspected, tested and monitored to ensure its integrity and to meet or exceed all federal standards. The company has a long history and deep experience with designing, constructing, and operating safe and reliable pipeline systems. Facilities operated by WBI Energy are under the control of the Gas Control Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. The center is responsible for monitoring flow and operating conditions on the entire pipeline system and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year. In addition, environmental protection continues to be an integral part of the company’s operational philosophy. WBI Energy is committed to protecting the environment during all project phases and will work to minimize negative impacts to the environment and to adjacent communities.

COMPANY INFORMATION

WBI Energy is based in Bismarck, North Dakota, and can trace its start in the pipeline business back to the 1920s. WBI Energy now owns and operates over 3,800 miles of natural gas transmission and gathering pipeline spanning major portions of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. WBI Energy is part of the MDU Resources Group family of companies. More information on MDU Resources can be found at www.MDU.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Steve Kelly, Project Manager
Valley Expansion Project
2010 Montana Avenue
Glendive, Montana 59330

In the case of a pipeline EMERGENCY, call 1-888-859-7291 IMMEDIATELY!
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