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Meetings set to help inform about pipeline

Open house meetings are set in the area to learn about the proposed Wind Ridge Pipeline Project.

On July 24, WBI energy Wind Ridge Pipeline LLC requested use of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s pre-filing review process for its proposed Wind Ridge Pipeline Project (FERC Docket No. PF14-20-000). FERC approved the pre-filing request on July 28.

The Wind Ridge Pipeline Project would be built, operated and maintained by WBI Energy. The project consists of approximately 95 miles of 16-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline between a tie-in along Northern Border Pipeline Co. existing mainline near Ashley and a fertilizer production facility being proposed by CHS Inc. near Spiritwood. The Wind Ridge Pipeline Project will provide a consistent supply of natural gas for the CHS facility, allowing the manufacture of nitrogen-based fertilizer domestically, thus reducing dependence on foreign sources of fertilizer for the U.S. agricultural sector.

The open house meetings will be held on the following dates and locations below.

5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, Wishek Civic Center, 715 1st Ave. S, Wishek.

5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, Gackle Legion Hall, 105 Main St., Gackle.

5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, James River Senior Center, 419 5th St. NE, Jamestown.

The Wind Ridge Pipeline Project is regulated by the FERC under Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act. WBI Energy anticipates filing its application with the FERC in February 2015 for a certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. Pending regulatory approvals, WBI Energy anticipates that construction could begin in January 2016.

WBI Energy has requested use of the FERC’s pre-filing process for the project. The purpose of the pre-filing process is to encourage early involvement of interested stakeholders, facilitate interagency cooperation and identify and resolve issues before an application is filed with the Commission. The open houses are an information opportunity for people to learn more about the Wind Ridge Pipeline Project. People will be able to view displays; obtain information on topics such as project scope, need, benefits, regulatory processes, environmental surveys, construction, operation, schedules, land restoration and safety; and meet with WBI Energy staff and share views, issues and concerns before a formal application is submitted to the FERC.

Those with questions regarding the Wind Ridge Pipeline Project may contact the project team at 855-946-3734 (855-WIND-RDG) or email windridgeproject

For more information on the project, refer to the project website at