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Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 2265, Granby, CO 80446-2265
Office:  97 Forrest Drive, Granby, Colorado
Tel: 970-887-3759 ∙ Cell:  307-760-2922 ∙ Cell: 307-760-6890
e-mail:  pedersenplanning@gmail.com

Project Experience

Location: Albany, Carbon, Laramie and Sweetwater Counties, Wyoming and Moffat, Rio Blanco and Weld Counties, Colorado
Client: Natural Resource Group, Inc
1000 IDS Center
800 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN  55042
Contact: Paul Benardczyk
Year Completed: 2004
Project Scope:

Natural Resource Group, Inc. (NRG), a contractor to Entrega Gas Pipeline, Inc., based in Denver, Colorado, is responsible for the preparation of an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a planned 327-mile long interstate natural gas pipeline.  The proposed pipeline would extend from the Meeker Hub near the Town of Meeker in Rio Blanco County, Colorado, to new interconnections with Colorado Interstate Gas Company and Wyoming Interstate Company near Wamsutter, Wyoming.  From Wamsutter, the pipeline would be constructed eastward to the Cheyenne Hub near Rockport in Weld County, Colorado.  NRG retained Pedersen Planning Consultants to prepare a socio-economic assessment of this project.

To accomplish this project, Pedersen Planning Consultants (PPC) evaluated the socio-economic characteristics of the seven county area.  These analyses provided the context for a subsequent analysis of anticipated governmental revenues to the states of Colorado and Wyoming, as well as each of the seven counties.  The primary revenue streams examined included ad valorem, sales and use, lodging, and severance taxes.  PPC developed a statistical model to facilitate the calculation of anticipated revenues and related revisions during the course of overall project planning.

Plant south of Craig, Moffat County, Colorado

PPC analyzed potential project benefits to private landowners who might lease real property for the construction of compressor stations, as well as temporary contractor staging areas and pipeline yards.  Potential impacts upon local motels, RV campgrounds, and residential apartment complexes were also calculated in the context of a construction labor force of 1,200 workers that were dispersed into four separate segments of the pipeline project. Potential temporary housing demands were compared with the type and number of available accommodations in each county. 

PPC also examined potential retail sales that would be derived from the expenditures made by the construction labor force in each of the seven counties.  This evaluation considered the type of retail expenditures and the type of retail establishments in each county.