School Board discusses pipeline construction project

By on September 5, 2014

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board recently discussed the safety of a pipeline construction project set for later this month.

TransCanada will be working on the natural gas pipelines, which it owns. The area is on the east side of Kaneland High School and will be fenced off. The pipelines total 150 feet in length.

School Board member Tony Valente questioned whether the project could be stopped.

“My child is there,” Valente said. “I could imagine what could happen.”

Valente said that someone could light a match in the area, and then made a “kaboom” noise to indicate a possible explosion.

Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, Kaneland assistant superintendent for business, spoke on behalf of TransCanada, noting that the company empties the lines of natural gas.

Fuchs confirmed this week that the project will entail replacing pipeline sections with a thicker wall and a higher strength pipe.

Groups that will be affected by the construction project include the Kaneland High School Band, Kaneland Future Farmers of America, Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization and Kaneland United Soccer Club.

According to Fuchs, the project is necessary because of the the aforementioned groups’ useage of the area—a detail discoved when TransCanada did a flyover to review the property use.

“(TransCanada) noticed an increase of students and/or people using the area near the pipeline,” Fuchs said.
She said that nothing has happened to the pipes.

“It’s just that (the project) is going to add an extra measure of safety and security to their already safe and reliable system,” Fuchs said.

The company will have 24-hour security to make sure the area is secure.

TransCanada will finish property and recreational fields restoration from late November until spring 2015.

Representatives from TransCanada will answer board members’ questions at the next meeting, Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. at Kaneland Harter Middle School.