Maritimes Receives Favorable FEIS from FERC
The Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline project last week crossed
another major milestone on its way toward bringing gas to
Northeastern markets from Atlantic Canada for the first time in
November 1999. FERC issued a final environmental impact statement
on the 200-mile U.S. upstream portion of the system, concluding it
would have limited adverse environmental impact with the
This portion (phase II) of the project traverses southern,
central and eastern Maine from Westbrook to Baileyville as well as
147 miles of proposed laterals.
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection, Maine Land Use
Regulation Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also are
reviewing the project. Public hearings on the BEP and LURC
applications are expected to be held this summer. Canada's National
Energy Board approved applications from the Sable Offshore Energy
Project and the Canadian portion of the Maritimes & Northeast
Pipeline Project in December 1997. Drilling in the Sable fields
began in early June.
The Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline partners are Duke Energy
(37.5%), Westcoast Energy (37.5%) and Mobil (25%). Duke Energy,
through its affiliates, is responsible for the overall development
of the $1 billion, 800-mile Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline and
directly responsible for the U.S. portion of the project. Westcoast
Energy Inc., a major energy company located in Vancouver, British
Columbia, is responsible for the development of the Canadian
pipeline portion of the project.
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