Black Hills Energy preps for Eagle Ranch project |

Black Hills Energy preps for Eagle Ranch project

EAGLE — Crews from Black Hills Energy are mobilizing to begin improvements to a 4.6-mile stretch of natural gas transmission line that cuts through the Eagle Ranch and town of Eagle open space.

Originally the company — formerly known as Sourcegas — planned to replace the entire pipeline, but after further examination, the company downsized the scope of the project and will only replace certain sections of the pipeline and will complete the work inside its existing easement.

That easement is large, however. According to Eagle Open Space coordinator John Staight, Black Hills Energy has a 50-foot easement along the pipeline route.

“That’s the width of both lanes of (Interstate) 70,” Staight said.

“This work will be visible and it is located directly behind and beside people’s homes. It also affects where Eagle goes to recreate. We are holding them to a high standard.”John StaightEagle Open Space coordinator

Staight’s primary role with the pipeline project is to make sure disturbed areas are returned to their pre-construction state. He has worked with a consultant from Boulder to develop a vegetation seed mix that will match the existing, natural conditions.

“This work will be visible and it is located directly behind and beside people’s homes. It also affects where Eagle goes to recreate,” said Staight. “We are holding them to a high standard.”

Safety First

Black Hills Energy this week sent a letter to Eagle Ranch homeowners to prepare them for the work ahead. In that communication, the company assured residents that safety is the company’s first priority.

“Our work on every project is closely governed by state and federal safety regulations that direct the construction, operation and maintenance of natural gas distribution and transmission pipelines,” said the letter addressed to Scott Turnipseed, president of the Eagle Ranch Association. “We will be taking every step necessary to ensure the safety of our employees and contractors on the job site, and of all private citizens in the area as well.”

The letter stressed that no one other than Black Hills Energy personnel and contractors will be allowed to enter the job site or the right-of-way during construction.

“These areas will be clearly marked for your safety,” the letter stated. “Signage on roads and traffic direction will be provided when necessary. Please exercise caution on the roads when nearing construction and follow directions from all posted signs and in-person traffic direction.”

Additionally, Black Hills Energy provided contact information for anyone with concerns about the project.

During business hours, concerns can be addressed by Mitch Pebley, senior manager with Black Hills Energy, by calling 303-889-9455; Jay Fowler, gas operations supervisor with Black Hills Energy, by calling 970-379-4843; or Chris DeMunbrun, construction manager with Tulsa Inspection, at 801-735-1977.

If there is an emergency outside of business hours, residents are advised to contact the customer care center, at 800-694-8989.

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