- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A federal judge is allowing Northern Natural Gas to delay paying property owners a $8.58 million judgment for condemning nearly 9,200 acres in southern Kansas.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten approved on Thursday the Omaha-based company’s request seeking a stay of the judgment while it appeals the judgment.

The judge who previously handled the case had already said the court would authorize such a 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.

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

A court last month awarded property owners $7.31 million in compensation, plus $1.27 million in interest.

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