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Dubuque, Iowa, natural gas line project

Black Hills Energy is constructing a 6.4 mile long natural gas line south of the City of Dubuque in Dubuque County, Iowa. The natural gas line will start at the Black Hills Energy facility located southeast of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and U.S. Highway 151, extend north and west toward the City of Dubuque, and end at another existing Black Hills Energy facility. The natural gas line will be owned, operated and maintained by Black Hills Energy.

This project will enhance reliability and accommodate future natural gas needs of the Dubuque area. The natural gas pipeline will serve both existing and new residents as well as new or expanding businesses that bring economic and employment growth to the Dubuque area.

Overview of project

Black Hills Energy will construct an approximate 6.4 mile long natural gas pipeline in Dubuque County, south of the city of Dubuque. The pipeline will start at a Black Hills Energy facility located southeast of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and U.S. Highway 151, extend north and west toward the city of Dubuque, and end at another existing Black Hills Energy facility. The pipeline will be owned, operated and maintained by Black Hills Energy.

Black Hills Energy is building this new pipeline to enhance reliability by providing a second feed to the City of Dubuque in the case the primary pipeline were to be taken out of service due to an unexpected condition. Secondly, we want to be prepared for the growth that is anticipated to occur as the Southwest Arterial is completed.

Project Details

  • Our land services company, HDR, will work closely with the impacted landowners. 
  • The final route has been determined, affected landowners and tenants have been contacted personally by their assigned Right of Way (ROW) Agent. The ROW Agent, HDR, is a contractor working for Black Hills Energy. The ROW Agent will serve as the main point of contact for landowners and tenants throughout the lifecycle of the project.
  • ROW Agents will be well-versed in project details including process and timing for easement acquisitions, construction practices, construction scheduling and restoration and damage settlement procedures.
  • For any questions that may call for specific engineering responses, the ROW Agent will facilitate those discussions with project engineers as well. Our goal is to provide a consistent platform for productive, reliable and timely communications between the Black Hills Energy team and affected landowners and tenants.
    • After conversations have been held with individual landowners and tenants and other additional research and data collection is completed, we will review our findings and make necessary updates to the final route of the pipeline and recommunicate our planned approach with all stakeholders

Benefits to the Dubuque community

Black Hills Energy is dedicated to providing safe, reliable natural gas service to our customers. This new natural gas pipeline will enhance reliability and provide additional capacity and opportunity for future natural gas needs of the Dubuque area. The pipeline will benefit new and existing residents and new or expanding businesses which will bring economic and employment growth to the Dubuque area.

Project schedule

Date Event
July 31, 2018 Public information meeting
August 2018 HDR, the right-of-way agent contracted by Black Hills Energy, will begin working with impacted landowners.
February 27, 2020 A public hearing was held on February 27, 2020, beginning at 1:00 P.M. at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 West 11th Street Dubuque, Iowa 52001
April 18, 2020 The Iowa Utilities Board granted the pipeline permit to allow construction to commence.
April 20, 2020 Construction on the project has begun.
October 2020 Pipeline is scheduled to be in service.

Current route alignment 1/10/2020

The route for the natural gas line was carefully selected by considering constructability, cost, environmental factors, public safety, existing and future land uses, constraints and impacts to landowners.

Natural gas line map

Right of way information

We aim to provide a consistent platform for productive, reliable and timely communications between our team and affected landowners and tenants.

Right of way or ROW Agents, who work for a land service company called HDR, will contact affected landowners as the final route for the natural gas line is determined. HDR is a contractor working for Black Hills Energy. They will serve as the main point of contact for landowners and tenants throughout the lifecycle of the project. ROW Agents are well versed in project details including: process and timing for easement acquisitions, construction practices, construction scheduling, and restoration and damage settlement procedures. Inquires requiring specific engineering information will also be facilitated by ROW Agents.

We will review our findings from conversations with individual landowners and tenants, as well as other additional research and data collection. We will make necessary updates to the final route of the natural gas line and re-communicate our planned approach with all stakeholders.

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More information

We may compensate landowners for damages. Download the Statement of Damage Claims form for more information.

For more information about the Dubuque, Iowa, natural gas line project send us an email, or call the project hotline at 800-861-4863.