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Briefs -- Texas Gas Transmission, Xcel Energy, Atlantic Sunrise

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP subsidiary Texas Gas Transmission LLC has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to place its Southern Indiana Lateral Project into service by June 17. The project was designed to serve two industrial customers in southern Indiana, one of which subsequently dropped out of the project. The project includes 30.6-miles of 10-inch diameter pipeline lateral with a capacity of 53,500 MMBtu/d. The pipeline extends from an interconnection with Texas Gas' existing Robards Junction facilities in Henderson County, KY, to an interconnection with SABIC Innovative Plastics Mt. Vernon in Posey County, IN.

Xcel Energy combination utility Public Service Company of Colorado filed its electric resource plan with state regulators, calling for up to 600 MW of generation to be added by 2023; some of it may be natural gas-fired. The resource plan anticipates annual customer growth averaging 1.4%, resulting in an additional 126,000 customers by 2023, and a mix of generation resources to meet the added load.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has extended the public comment period on water obstruction and encroachment permits for Williams Partners' Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. "A project of this size requires thoughtful public input," said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. The agency said it decided a regular 30-day comment period on the permits was not enough because of the public interest in the project, extending the period to 60 days and accepting comments until Aug. 1. Atlantic Sunrise would provide an additional 1.7 million Dth/d of year-round firm transportation capacity from the Marcellus Shale in Northeast Pennsylvania to existing Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line markets. The project would cross ten counties in eastern and central Pennsylvania before entering Maryland. The pipeline needs water obstruction, encroachment, sedimentation control and air quality permits from the state. Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a favorable draft environmental impact statement for the project (see Daily GPI, May 6). Williams is targeting an in-service date for Atlantic Sunrise of late 2017.  

*Correction: In the original version of this article, NGI incorrectly included outdated information about Texas Gas Transmission LLC's Southern Indiana Lateral Project. NGI regrets the error.

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