Texas Gas gas-line expansion takes EIS step

A proposed gas pipeline expansion in Mississippi and Arkansas would have limited environmental impacts with mitigating measures, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's staff concluded.

Nick Snow
Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 20 -- A proposed natural gas pipeline expansion in Mississippi and Arkansas would have limited environmental impacts with appropriate mitigating measures, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's staff concluded in a draft environmental impact statement.

The draft EIS covered Texas Gas Transmission LLC's Fayetteville-Greenville expansion project, which would involve construction of 262.6 miles of 36-in. pipeline in two segments—the 166.2 mile Fayetteville lateral and the 96.4 mile Greenville lateral—tie-in laterals, a 10,650 hp compressor station, and related surface facilities.

It noted that one segment, the Fayetteville Lateral, would use existing right-of-way for about 90.5 miles. Horizontal directional drilling would be used to cross environmentally sensitive areas throughout the project, and Texas Gas plans to implement an inspection and monitoring program to comply with proposed and recommended mitigation measures, the draft EIS said.

The more than $820 million project will carry gas the Fayetteville shale play in north-central Arkansas.

The Fayettevile Lateral will have 1.1 bcfd of capacity, while the Greenville Lateral's capacity will be 750 MMcfd. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2008, with both laterals going into service during January 2009, the company said.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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