Project Overview
Project Map
FAQ
FERC Filings

Contact information:

Steve Kelly, Project Manager
WBI Energy
2010 Montana Ave.
Glendive, MT 59330

Toll-free: 1-800-437-4630
[email protected]

Media
Laura Lueder
701-530-1095
Email

Frequently Asked Questions

OVERVIEW

WBI Energy is proposing to construct, operate and maintain the Wahpeton Expansion Project.

  • The project consists of approximately 60 miles of 12-inch diameter natural gas pipeline from WBI Energy’s existing Mapleton Compressor Station near Mapleton, North Dakota, to a new delivery station near Wahpeton, North Dakota.
  • WBI Energy also will make minor modifications at the Mapleton Compressor Station.
  • WBI Energy also will construct a new delivery station near Kindred, North Dakota.

The project is designed to deliver an additional 20.6 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to southeastern North Dakota. 

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

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

REGULATORY

The Wahpeton Expansion Project would be regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). On Sept. 22, 2021, WBI Energy expects to file a request to participate in the FERC's NEPA pre-filing review process for the Wahpeton Expansion Project. The purpose of the pre-filing process is to encourage early involvement of interested stakeholders, including landowners, as well as facilitate interagency cooperation, and to identify and resolve potential issues before the application is filed with the FERC.

The FERC also is the lead federal agency responsible for conducting the project's environmental review. For additional information about the FERC, how it reviews natural gas projects, and landowner and stakeholder topics of interest, click here.

SAFETY

WBI Energy knows that safety is a priority for North Dakotans. Once constructed, the new pipeline segment 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 company's 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 every day.

ENVIRONMENT

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.

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 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.

PUBLIC REPOSITORIES

WBI Energy will publish twice a “Public Notice” of the Wahpeton Expansion Project in local newspapers immediately after the filing of the project application in 2022 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Public Notice will be published twice in daily and weekly newspapers in Cass and Richland counties. The notice will include the docket number; a description of the project; and landowner information and rights.

WBI Energy also will place a hard copy of the Wahpeton Expansion Project application in local libraries in the counties that the project crosses. 

ROUTE SELECTION

A proposed route for the new pipeline has been selected and survey work has begun. Upon receipt of regulatory approvals, WBI anticipates beginning construction in early 2024, with an in-service date expected by November 2024. 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 seeks input from landowners and other stakeholders to determine the final pipeline route.

The pipeline route will traverse through Cass and Richland counties in North Dakota.

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 owns and operates approximately 3,700 miles of natural gas transmission and storage pipeline in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. WBI Energy is part of the MDU Resources Group family of companies. More information about MDU Resources can be found at www.MDU.com.

In the case of a pipeline EMERGENCY, call 1-888-859-7291 IMMEDIATELY!
©2021 MDU Resources Group, Inc.