Residents, environmentalist worry over pipeline plan in Dakota County
Plans to build a gas pipeline that would cut through Lebanon Hills Regional Park has residents and environmentalists worried.
Northern Natural Gas intends to run a 7.8 mile underground line fromRosemount to Burnsville. The pipe would transport natural gas, which Xcel Energy would use to generate electricity at Black Dog power plant in Burnsville as it moves away from coal.
Northern Natural Gas representatives say that instead of tearing through residents’ backyards and parkland to lay the 20-inch pipe, the company plans to drill underground to install it. The new pipeline would follow an existing 16-inch pipeline that is within a 60-foot easement owned by Northern Natural Gas.
The vast majority of the pipeline that would cut through the park would run within this easement, said Mike Loeffler, Northern’s external affairs director.