St. Louis Pipeline to Flow M-U Gas Gets Favorable FERC Review

In February 2016, MDN told you about Laclede Group, a St. Louis-based natural gas utility, with plans to build a ~60-mile pipeline from St. Louis through southwest Illinois and connect to the Rockies Express (REX) and Panhandle Eastern Pipeline (see New Midwest Pipeline to Tap REX’s Marcellus/Utica Gas). The new pipeline would bring low-cost Marcellus and Utica Shale gas from REX (now-reversed) 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. A year later Laclede renamed itself Spire, and the company filed an official application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build the Spire STL Pipeline (see Spire Files Plan with FERC to Flow Marcellus/Utica Gas to St. Louis). In September FERC issued a favorable environmental assessment (EA) for the project (see a copy below). Although the project has been around for the past year and a half, radical anti-fossil fuelers are just now marshaling their efforts to try and block it. Here’s an update on FERC’s approval, and the efforts under way to try and stop the project…

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