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Documents for this project are listed below in the File Register, most recent documents first. To view the eDockets record for this project, click on the eDockets link below, or click on the eDockets tab in the File Register. A subset of the record, including key documents with descriptions, is available by clicking on the Energy Facilities tab in the File Register.

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Project Docket

Docket No G-11/GP-15-858
Project name Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
Applicant Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation
Description Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation is proposing to install approximately 13.1 miles of new natural gas pipeline west and south of the city of Rochester in Olmsted County, Minnesota
Subjects Environmental policy; Pipelines
Location Olmsted County; City: Rochester; Byron; Stewartville; Townships: Cascade; High Forest; Kalmar; Marion; Pleasant Grove; Rochester; Rock Dell; Salem
Docket created: November 03, 2015
Contacts: , , Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
02-3-2016
Application accepted
 
02-29-2016
Public meeting
 
07-26-2016
Routes accepted for consideration
 
09-16-2016
Environmental document available
 
Public hearing
 
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 15-858
Mailing list Contact the Public Utilies Commission at docketing.puc@state.mn.us or 651-201-2204 or 1-800-657-3782 to sign up.
Project Summary

Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation (MERC) proposes to construct approximately 13.1 miles of new natural gas pipeline west and south of the city of Rochester in Olmsted County, Minnesota. The proposed pipeline will include installation of approximately 5.1 miles of 16-inch outside diameter and 8.0 miles of 12-inch outside diameter steel pipeline designed to operate at pressures between 400-475 pounds per square inch gauge (psig). The proposed project will tie together the northern and southern portions of MERC's existing natural gas distribution system.

The proposed project will also include construction of two town border stations. Town border stations receive high pressure natural gas from the natural gas transmission system (900-1,000 psig) and regulate it down for use on the local distribution system (400-500 psig). The project will also include construction of a district regulator station. District regulator stations take high pressure distribution natural gas (400-500 psig) and regulate it down further (60-100 psig) for delivery to the low pressure distribution system.

MERC is requesting a route permit for a 500-foot-wide route. The proposed project will require a 50-foot-wide permanent right-of-way, and an additional 50-foot-wide construction right-of-way.

The proposed project will be phased. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 and be completed in 2022. The project is anticipated to cost $44 million. 

 

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
05/05/17 Route Permit for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project. | document details
The Commission has issued a permit for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
09/16/16 Comparative Environmental Analysis for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
The Comparative Environmental Analysis is a written document developed and prepared by EERA that contains an overview of the resources and potential human and environmental impacts and mitigation measures associated with the proposed project
11/09/15 Supplement to the Route Permit Application | document details
Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation has filed supplemental information to its route permit application to construct the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Olmsted County, Minnesota
11/03/15 Route Permit Application for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation filed an application for a route permit with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to construct the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Olmsted County, Minnesota
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
05/05/17 Route Permit for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project. | document details
The Commission has issued a permit for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
10/25/16 Reply Comments | document details
EERA staff replies to public comments received on the draft Comparative Environmental Analysis prepared for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
10/25/16 Additional Public Comment | document details
Additional public comments received on the draft Comparative Environmental Analysis prepared for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
10/14/16 Public Comments | document details
Public comments received on the draft Comparative Environmental Analysis prepared for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
10/04/16 Meeting Minutes | document details
Meeting minutes from the September 28, 2016, draft comparative environmental analysis public comment and information meetings held in Rochester, Minnesota
09/16/16 Comparative Environmental Analysis for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
The Comparative Environmental Analysis is a written document developed and prepared by EERA that contains an overview of the resources and potential human and environmental impacts and mitigation measures associated with the proposed project
09/16/16 Notice of Public Information Meeting for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project and Availability of Comparative Environmental Analysis | document details
EERA staff published a Comparative Environmental Analysis for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project. Public information meetings will be held on September 28, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Kahler Apache Hotel in Rochester, Minnesota. Public comments on the comparative environmental analysis prepared for the project will be accepted through October 7, 2016
09/09/16 EERA Letter to Landowners | document details
Letter to landowners updating them on the permitting process
06/27/16 Comments and Recommendations Regarding Route Proposals for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project | document details
EERA staff summary, analysis and recommendation for route alternatives identified during the public comment period
04/07/16 Meeting Notes | document details
Meeting notes from the February 29, 2016, public information and comparative environmental analysis scoping meetings held in Rochester, Minnesota
02/29/16 Meeting Handouts | document details
Handouts for the public information and comparative environmental analysis scoping meetings held at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016, in Rochester, Minnesota
02/04/16 Notice of Informational Meeting for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project | document details
Public information and comparative environmental analysis scoping meetings will be held at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016, in Rochester, Minnesota. Comments on the scope (or content) of the comparative environmental analysis for the proposed project will be accepted through Wednesday, April 13, 2016
02/03/16 Commission Order Regarding Application Completeness | document details
A Minnesota Public Utilities order that accepts the Rochester Natural Gas Project application as complete and authorizing the Department of Commerce to begin preparation of a comparative environmental analysis for the proposed project.
11/30/15 Comments and Recommendations on the Completeness of the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project Route Permit Application | document details
EERA recommends that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission find the Route Permit Application for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project as substantially complete
11/13/15 Notice of Comment Period on Application Completeness | document details
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is soliciting comments on the completeness of the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project Route Permit Application through November 30, 2015
11/09/15 Supplement to the Route Permit Application | document details
Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation has filed supplemental information to its route permit application to construct the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Olmsted County, Minnesota
11/03/15 Route Permit Application for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation filed an application for a route permit with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to construct the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Olmsted County, Minnesota

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