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Alternate pipeline route to be discussed

Banner Mountain residents unhappy with a Nevada Irrigation District pipeline proposal will meet Saturday to organize and consider their options.

NID plans to install a 51/2 mile, 4- to 5-foot-diameter pipeline in the spring of 2003 to carry water that now flows through the Cascade Canal.



NID proposes to have the pipeline run south of and roughly parallel to Banner Lava Cap and Idaho-Maryland roads. It would be buried four feet deep under public and private roads and private property.




“We want to put a proposal to them with what we think are potentially alternative routes,” said Bob Bryngelson, one of the organizers of the upcoming meeting to oppose the pipeline.

Bryngelson said he’s a retired petroleum engineer who ran his own Houston, Texas-based consulting engineering firm, MER Engineering, Inc.

He said he’s had extensive experience with pipelines in the petroleum business, including some installed 3,000 feet under the sea.

NID officials say it may be necessary to clear a 40-foot-wide swath through the woods to install the pipeline. Bryngelson said that instead of burying the pipeline and cutting down 300-year-old oak trees, NID could simply place the pipeline on the ground in the woods and paint it brown to blend in, which he said would be less environmentally destructive.

“We’ve been living with open ditches, we can certainly live with exposed pipeline,” Bryngelson said.

He declined Tuesday to name specific alternative routes.

“I want to make sure I can lay this out and look at it before I put it in the public (arena),” he said.

WHAT: Meeting to oppose NID pipeline

WHEN: Noon, Saturday

WHERE: Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Maidu Way, Nevada City

On the Net

To learn more about community organizing in response to NID1s pipeline proposal, check:

http://www.mobiustechnologies.com/blm/


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