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Supervisors approve natural gas pipeline

October 30, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday greased the skids for a permit application to build a natural gas pipeline from Armstrong to serve State Line Co-op's feed mill in Halfa.

When county engineer Roger Patocka recommended 90 feet of the line crossing under N60 be cased, supervisor Alan Madden offered a different opinion.

"Then you're going to have a bomb," said Madden, noting that the casing would enclose any gases that could leak from the pipeline. "It's the four-inch steel under there and that's it. I feel safer with the four-inch line rather than the encasement," Madden said.

The gas line would go a half mile south of Highway 9 from near the Armstrong Cemetery toward the Catholic Cemetery then two miles west to N60 than two and a half miles south to Halfa. Patocka said he will work with local landowners to determine if they know of any private tiles in the path of the pipeline.

Patocka also suggested he could get GPS coordinates every 50-100 feet.

"For us to have that information, that would be good too," Patocka said, adding that plastic flags marking the pipeline might also be a good idea.

Patocka had recommended requiring a 60-inch depth for the pipeline - State Line has proposed 48 while 24 inches is what's required. Madden said he was comfortable with 48 inches because then it would be easier to have the pipeline moved if necessary.

Patocka said he would also like to have the pipeline as close to the right of way as possible.

Madden urged the board to approve the permit.

"They're (State Line) going to be waiting on pipe and not us," Madden said.

In other business, the board approved a conservation board transfer of $5,156 as well as a 10 meg symmetrical Internet agreement with Northern Iowa Communications Partners for a line serving the Courthouse.

The board also approved homestead and military applications for property owners and heard the road report from Patocka who said the deck should be poured on the Riverview bridge today.



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