Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline continues half-century tradition of delivering fuel to Craig
CRAIG — Two generations of people living in Moffat County have been able to switch on a gas-fueled furnace to keep warm during winter thanks to the infrastructure that underpins the community.
“Line markers are the only above-ground evidence of the operations,” said Senior Communications Specialist with Dominion Energy Don Porter, of Main Line 27.
Built-in Moffat County in 1966, the pipeline is “pretty small, 8-inches in diameter” Porter said.
Running north of Craig toward Baggs, Wyoming, before turning west to tie into pipelines in Utah’s Wasatch front, the line delivers fuel to Craig customers.
“A local utility pulls some gas off our lines,” Porter said.
Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline, a company formed about a year ago, when Dominion Energy merged with Questar, owns Main Line 27.
It’s an interstate natural gas pipeline company that provides transportation and underground storage services in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado.
“We transport and deliver energy for producers and users,” Porter said.
The company owns and operates about 2,000 miles of pipeline, transporting natural gas in six major producing areas, including the Greater Green River, Uinta and Piceance basins to markets in the West and Midwest.
It also owns and operates Clay Basin, which is located on the Wyoming-Utah-Colorado border and is the largest underground storage facility in the Rocky Mountain Region.
This is especially important when dealing with high-pressure gas pipelines.
“I encourage readers to pay attention to those line markers. If you’re doing any sort of digging around the area, call 811 two days ahead of time, and make sure they mark the ground,” Porter said. “It saves a lot of time, money, expense and most importantly, safety. We don’t want anyone to get hurt. … regard them with the proper amount of respect.”
Porter said the pipeline has done its job to supply natural gas safely.
“The record has been exemplary with no safety issues with the pipeline,” he said.
In 2016, DEQP paid about $110,000 to Moffat County in property tax.
“That’s been pretty consistent. That’s ongoing, depending on the tax rate,” Porter said.
Four employees live in Craig and work in the area between Craig and Powder Wash Camp, located in the northern part of the county, along Moffat County Road 4.
Unlike other oil and gas businesses negatively impacted by market forces and regulations, DEQP has been insulated from the bust.
“The business model we have isn’t really impacted by the swings impacted by the extraction part of the industry,” Porter said.
Recently, the company offered Redbud trees to Moffat County Educators through Project Plant It.
“Company-wide, we have a large foundation that grants a lot of money every year. In 2013, we supported the Memorial Hospital Foundation in Craig to help purchase an electronic medical record system for the hospital,” Porter said.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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