FERC Issues Certificates for 3 Spectra Energy Pipe Projects in M-U

In August, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a favorable environmental assessment (EA) for three Spectra Energy projects: Access South, Adair Southwest and Lebanon Express (see FERC Approves 3 Spectra Energy Pipe Projects in Marcellus/Utica). The three are part of an expansion of the Texas Eastern Transmission (Tetco) pipeline, owned by Spectra Energy. The combined projects will transport an additional 662,000 dekatherms per day (or 662 million cubic feet) of Marcellus and Utica Shale gas from Pennsylvania to Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi. Once a favorable EA is issued, the final step is for the fat lady to sign–that is, for FERC to issue the final, actual certificate that says a company can begin building. That just happened. FERC has just issued the final certificate for the three projects, meaning compressor station upgrades will now begin, and new pipeline will get built through eastern Ohio…

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