Aug. 28, 2006

MinnCan pipeline hearings scheduled in area cities

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

Area residents will have the opportunity to participate in meetings to discuss the proposed 300-mile long MinnCan pipeline.

Administrative Law Judge Beverly Heydinger will preside over meetings in the 14 counties affected by the proposed MinnCan pipeline project. according to Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for the MinnCan Project.

The purpose of the hearings, which are scheduled in August and September, will be to discuss the certificate of need and routing permit applications for the project.

Meeting schedule:

• Wright County: Monday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m., Cokato City Hall auditorium, 255 Broadway Ave. South, Cokato.

• McLeod County: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m., Lincoln Junior High School gymnasium, 1621 East 16th Street, Glencoe.

• Carver County: Thursday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m., Hamburg City Hall, 181 Broadway Avenue, Hamburg.

• Meeker County, Monday, Sept. 11, 5 p.m., county courthouse, rooms A and B, 325 Sibley Avenue North, Litchfield.

The Wright County meeting will include a routing permit public meeting and a certificate of need public hearing. The Meeker, McLeod, and Carver meetings will include these items plus a routing permit evidentiary hearing.

The story so far

The project involves a proposed 24-inch, 300-mile long crude oil pipeline that would run from Clearwater County in the north, to Dakota County in the south.

Among the counties crossed by the route are Meeker, Wright, McLeod, and Carver.

Some landowners affected by the project have expressed concern over the compensation offered by MinnCan for the 50-foot wide permanent easements required by the project.

Others have suggested that landowners should receive annual compensation, rather than a one-time payment. Compensation for easements was to be negotiated between individual landowners and MinnCan.

The pipeline will be buried 4.5 feet underground, and residents will able to work crops or build driveways on the easement with proper permits, according to Patty Dunn of MinnCan.

The counties affected will receive tax revenue from the easements.

If approved, construction could begin as early as spring 2007, and the project could be complete by 2008.

Want to know more?

MinnCan strongly encourages residents with questions to call its toll-free question/comment line at (877) 796-7846 or e-mail info@MinnCanProject.com

There is also information at www.minncan.com

The landowner contact is Julie Rasmussen at (952() 233-3332 or mobile (434)250-5030

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