North Salt Lake Mayor Jake Simmons is seeking Sen. Orrin Hatch's help in rerouting a natural gas pipeline proposed to be built near the city's watershed and residential area.
Simmons expressed his concerns Monday at a meeting with other local government leaders in the Davis County Commission chambers.Two of Hatch's aides attended the meeting, which the senator sets periodically to learn the concerns of Utah civic leaders.
"We never were apprised of the pipeline," Simmons said.
He said the proposed route of the Kern River Pipeline, which would run south of the city's residential area and near a 1 million-gallon water tank, should be rerouted.
The pipeline is proposed to be 36 inches in diameter and carry natural gas 837 miles from Wyoming's oil fields through Utah and Nevada to Bakersfield, Calif. The line is proposed to be buried 4 to 6 inches under the planned runway expansion at Salt Lake International Airport.
North Salt Lake, West Valley City and Salt Lake City have expressed concerns about the pipeline's proposed route.
"The line would be right where future development (in North Salt Lake) would be," Simmons said. He also said the city had wanted to build a road where the pipeline is planned.
Hatch's aide, Melanie Bowen, said she would tell the senator of Simmons' concerns.