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Vector Gets Environmental Nod at FERC

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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