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Northern Natural Gas Company holds open house on proposed pipeline

Northern Natural Gas Company held an open house for those wanting for information on the proposed pipeline. Northern Natural Gas Company held an open house for those wanting for information on the proposed pipeline.

For the second night, questions from a local community about the proposed pipeline to move natural gas to CF Industries' Port Neal plant. Northern Natural Gas is planning a 6.5 mile pipeline to support CF's expansion.

The pipeline will run from Dakota County, Nebraska, under the Missouri River, to the Port Neal complex in south of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.  Above ground, two new compressor stations will be built.

But, a few landowners worry about the noise from the compressor stations, and the safety of the whole pipeline.

Company officials say they first have to get a variety of permits to build, and operate the line, but they also point out they are regulated by federal, state, and local agencies.

"You should know that our facilities are designed so we don't have any worst case scenarios. For instance, the compressor stations that we're building have remote shutoffs and automatic shutoff, which means if there's any presence of anomaly in pressure that they'll self shutoff so there'll be a reduction in gas into the facility," said Mike Loeffler, Northern Natural Gas Company.

Northern Natural Gas will take the input from Wednesday night's meeting, and a meeting Tuesday night in South Sioux City, Nebraska and adjust the plans if needed.

A formal filing to regulators is planed for the end of June.

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