Vector Gets Environmental Nod at FERC
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted final
environmental approval to the U.S. portion of Vector Pipeline,
moving it within one step of receiving certification. The
Commission's action comes in the wake of the National Energy
Board's final approval of the Canadian leg of the project.
The FERC's final environmental impact statement (FEIS) concluded
that the construction and operation of the Vector pipeline would
have "limited environmental impact" if appropriate environmental
measures were put in effect.
"The FEIS is significant" said Vector Vice President Juri
Otsason, "because it is the last step necessary before receiving a
final certificate..." The company expects the project to win
certification at FERC sometime in the second quarter.
The 343-mile Vector line will transport 1 Bcf/d of western
Canadian and U.S.-sourced natural gas from the Chicago hub, where
it will interconnect with Northern Border Pipeline's extension and
the Alliance Pipeline (when completed in late 2000), to growing
markets in eastern Canada and the U.S. Midwest and Northeast.
Vector plans to begin construction of the pipeline, including
critical river crossings, later this year, and be in service by
Oct. 1, 2000.
Vector is the only pipeline seeking to transport gas from the
Midwest to the East Coast that has made it this far along the
certification process at the Commission.
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