GRIFFITH | Pressure testing of a new pipeline will begin next week.
To notify affected residents, Enbridge Energy has sent letters to homeowners within 100 feet of the pipeline.
The testing involves a 10-mile stretch of pipeline 6B from Griffith to Hobart, Enbridge Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Smith said Wednesday.
The letter from Enbridge says it is not necessary for residents to leave their homes during the testing period.
However, the company also offered to pay for two nights of lodging and food allowances for residents who prefer to leave.
"Enbridge has reserved a block of rooms at local hotels in your area. We will also offer reimbursement for pet boarding if applicable," the letter says.
Councilman Larry Ballah, R-2nd, said the testing is expected to take place during daylight hours.
"Access points to testing areas will be marked, and pipeline crews will be monitoring the pipeline during the pressure test," Smith said, adding that the new line is expected to go into service early next month.
Once a new pipeline is constructed, a hydrotest is conducted, she said.
This includes filling a segment with water pressure beyond the normal operating level to ensure its integrity.
Smith said the new line runs about 300 miles going northeast through Michigan into Canada. The project began in Michigan in 2012 and is now nearing completion of the construction phase.
Residents with questions on the testing can call Enbridge at (855) 788-7811.