Gas company plans appeal of $8.59M judgment in Kansas case

Gavel (KSN News)

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – Northern Natural Gas wants a federal court to allow it to delay paying property owners a $8.58 million judgment for condemning nearly 9,200 acres in southern Kansas.

The Omaha-based company filed Wednesday a motion in U.S. District Court in Kansas seeking a stay of the judgment while it appeals. The court had previously said it would authorize the stay during appeal if the company posted a $10.73 million bond, representing 125 percent of the judgment.

Northern says it has now secured that bond and seeks its approval.

The condemnation involves storage rights underlying the land surrounding Northern’s massive underground storage facility. It affects landowners in Pratt, Kingman and Reno counties.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot last month awarded the property owners $7.31 million in compensation, plus $1.27 million in interest.

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