FERC Tuesday issued a favorable environmental review of the U.S. portion of Sonora Pipeline LLC's Burgos Hub Export/Import Project, which is expected to lead to development of Mexico's first natural gas market hub, gas storage field and offshore Gulf of Mexico liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal.

"The proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment," FERC staff said in the environmental assessment of the project [CP07-74, CP07-75].

The project calls for the construction of approximately 29 miles of 30-inch diameter natural gas pipeline and associated facilities in Hidalgo County in southern Texas, FERC said. Two bidirectional border-crossing facilities also are proposed for construction, for which a presidential permit has been requested. The facilities would consist of approximately 85 feet of 30-inch diameter gas pipe.

When completed, the facilities would provide up to 1,000,000 Dth/d of new bidirectional transportation service to the Burgos Hub-area of Mexico and then to the United States once new sources of natural gas become available.

Sonora Pipeline is a wholly owned subsidiary of San Antonio, TX-based Tidelands Oil & Gas, a developer of oil and natural gas assets.

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