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Feds officially vacate authorization for pipeline plan

By Ben Kleppinger, The Advocate-Messenger

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has officially vacated its order authorizing abandonment of a 964-mile natural gas pipeline. The "order vacating authorizations" from FERC was issued on Monday, bringing to an official end a plan to repurpose the pipeline to carry "natural gas liquids," explosive byproducts of fracking in northeast shale fields.

Houston-based energy giant Kinder Morgan had wanted to reverse the flow of the pipeline and transport NGLs to the gulf coast, where they could have potentially been bought for use in manufacturing plastics. About 20 miles of Tennessee Gas Pipeline No. 1 run through Boyle County, which was a hub for opposition to the pipeline proposal.

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This story was posted on 2018-11-20 13:15:10
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