Federal EPA Throws Cold Water on Leach XPress, Rayne Xpress Pipes

Columbia Leach Express map

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In August 2014, MDN told you that Columbia Pipeline Group, a division of NiSource, had decided to move forward with investing $1.75 billion dollars for two new projects: the Leach XPress and Rayne XPress pipeline projects (see Columbia Gas: $1.75B for 2 Projects to Send Marcellus Gas to Gulf). Leach Xpress will begin in Marshall County, West Virginia, cross Ohio and end up in Leach, Kentucky. Rayne Xpress will beef up an existing pipeline from Leach, Kentucky that goes all the way to Rayne, Louisiana with new compressor stations and looping. The two projects together mean up to 2.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas can move through the entire system–from West Virginia to the Gulf Coast and all point in between. In April of this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued their draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which was positive. Earlier this week the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) came along with their comments and decided to throw cold water on both projects. Why are we not surprised?…

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