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Waterville Open House highlights safety

WatervilleCNP recently invited customers, neighbors, emergency responders, public officials and employees to open houses hosted at CNP‟s underground gas storage facility in Waterville, Minn. Employees greeted guests and visited with regulators while discussing relevant safety information and attendees‟ concerns.

The events informed neighbors, the public, local responders and mutual aid departments about CNP‟s gas storage operations, and pipeline and plant safety systems. Guests also took part in plant tours and question-and-answer sessions.

“We take a proactive approach when relating to the community in and near Waterville, where we store natural gas in an underground reservoir, highlighting how we maintain an active safety plan,” said Tom Chrisfield, supervisor. “Many of our neighbors are long-time land owners. We respect and invite their opinions about our safe and reliable operations.”

Several wells enable CNP to inject gas into the reservoir in the summer where it is stored in porous rock 900 feet below the surface and capped by a layer of shale. Gas is withdrawn in the winter and added to the delivery system when additional supplies are needed.