Gas pipelines to follow same path |

Gas pipelines to follow same path

Rob Gebhart

Representatives of two pipeline companies promised Wednesday that they’d work to keep their natural gas lines as close together as possible while crossing Moffat County.

Representatives from Entrega Gas Pipeline Co. and Colorado Interstate Gas met in Craig to discuss plans for their pipelines crossing the Yampa River, U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado land trusts.

The meeting came in response to landowner worries about how the pipeline would cross the Yampa River.

“Above everything else, we want these two pipelines paralleling each other as closely as possible,” said Tom Thornberry, attorney for Sam and Georgia McIntyre, who own property bordering the Yampa River where the pipeline will cross.

The pipelines, which will follow an existing pipeline route, will cross private land during much of their passage across Moffat County, creating concern among landowners about the effect it will have on their properties. Like the McIntyres, some of those landowners have retained Thornberry to represent them in their negotiations with the companies.

Pipeline engineers said the pipelines would be constructed 40 feet from each other, in accordance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules.

Entrega plans to begin constructing their pipeline first. It will cross the Yampa about 1.5 miles east of Maybell.

Entrega plans to use horizontal directional drilling technology to bore a hole for the pipeline about 25 feet beneath the Yampa River, said Keith Sappenfield, regulatory affairs representative at Entrega.

That plan seemed to satisfy Thornberry and his clients.

They had been opposed to an earlier plan that would have run the pipeline through their meadows.

But the first plan would have been cheaper for Entrega, because the company could have bored under U.S. 40 and the Yampa River with one hole.

CIG representatives told Thornberry they planned to follow the same course across the Yampa River as Entrega.

CIG plans to request approval to begin construction in August 2005.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or

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