FERC Greenlights Gas Pipeline Under Rio Grande

By Shayna Posses (January 4, 2016, 9:52 PM EST) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday gave preliminary approval to a stretch of Energy Transfer Partners' proposed 148-mile Trans Pecos pipeline that crosses the border between Texas and Mexico, finding the project would not significantly affect the environment.

The commission's environmental assessment focuses on the approximately 1,093 feet of 42-inch pipeline that would cross beneath the Rio Grande to supply natural gas to Mexican power plants and industrial customers, despite calls from challengers for FERC to assume jurisdiction over the longer stretch of line that would start outside Fort Stockton, Texas, and cut across three state counties.

Though the majority...

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