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Maritimes Receives Favorable FEIS from FERC

Maritimes Receives Favorable FEIS from FERC

The Maritimes &amp 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 recommended mitigation.

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 &amp Northeast Pipeline Project in December 1997. Drilling in the Sable fields began in early June.

The Maritimes &amp 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 &amp 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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