West Central natural gas lateral

Western Wisconsin needed additional natural gas supply to ensure reliability in the future and to meet growing customer demand. We installed a natural gas lateral to serve the communities between Eau Claire County and the city of Tomah in Monroe County.

Route selection

Factors considered when proposing a lateral route, include:

  • Safety
  • Natural resources and environmental features
  • Future land development
  • Agricultural lands
  • Construction requirements
  • Overall project cost
  • Restoration requirements

We also consider routes adjacent to existing rights-of-way and easements to be as unobtrusive as possible. The approved routes take these factors into consideration.

Regulatory approvals

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) is the state agency that determined the need and necessity, including final route selection. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources also was involved in the routing process, including issuing necessary environmental permits and approvals.


We filed an application with the PSCW on March 28, 2013, to proceed with the project. In July 2014, the PSCW approved the project. Construction of the project began in late 2014. Commercial operation began November 2015.