Spire Files Plan with FERC to Flow Marcellus/Utica Gas to St. Louis

One year ago (February 2016) MDN told you about an exciting new market for Marcellus and Utica Shale gas that may open up in the next 2-3 years in the Midwest (see New Midwest Pipeline to Tap REX’s Marcellus/Utica Gas). Laclede Group, a St. Louis-based natural gas utility, said they want to build a ~60-mile pipeline from St. Louis through southwest Illinois and connect to the Rockies Express (REX) and Panhandle Eastern Pipeline. The new pipeline would bring low-cost Marcellus and Utica Shale gas from REX to the utility–not only for resale to gas customers, but also potentially for new natgas-powered electric plants planned to replace retiring coal-fired plants. Fast forward a year. Laclede has been renamed Spire and the Spire STL Pipeline has just filed an official application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build their 59-mile, 24-inch diameter pipe that would flow 400 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day of yummy Marcellus/Utica gas from REX to St. Louis…

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