WIC Medicine Bow Lateral Gets FERC Green Light
FERC yesterday gave Wyoming Interstate Co. Ltd. (WIC) the
go-ahead to construct and operate the Medicine Bow Lateral that
would connect its system to significant coal-bed methane gas
reserves in Wyoming.
The project calls for the construction of a 149-mile, 24-inch
gas transmission line with the capability to move about 260 MDth/d
of gas reserves from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana
to downstream markets. The lateral would connect WIC to a new
gathering header in the basin, which is being built by a consortium
of five companies - including Colorado Interstate Gas, Barrett
Resources, CMS Continental, Western Gas Resources and Enron Capital
Before entering the WIC system, the unprocessed gas would be
treated in a carbon dioxide extraction facility, which is being
built by Western Gas Resources (WGR). The proposed lateral would
connect to the outlet of the treatment plant, making it an
"integral and significant element" in the development of reserves
in the region, WGR noted. The $78 million lateral project is
targeted for completion by Dec. 1 of this year.
Powder River producers urged the Commission to approve the
Medicine Bow Lateral at Wednesday's meeting, saying that any
further delay would force them to shut in production, given that
all the existing lines out of the basin already were running at
The Commission approved the project despite the considerable
environmental concerns of landowners.
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