US-Mexico Natural Gas Line Wins Initial Nod From FERC

By Michael Lipkin (October 25, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT) -- A proposed 60-mile natural gas pipeline on the Arizona-Mexico border would have some adverse environment impacts, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission announced Friday in a draft environmental impact statement giving the pipeline tentative approval, but FERC proposals could bring that down to "less-than-significant levels."

Sierrita Gas Pipeline LLC's proposal would likely adversely impact nearly 1,000 acres of land in southern Arizona, according to the report, including potentially jeopardizing the existence of a federally protected species of cactus. The report, which recommends several strategies to mitigate the environmental harms and seeks more feedback from Sierrita, gives a tentative go-ahead to Sierrita's plan...

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