FERC staff will prepare an environmental impact statement for Cheniere Midstream Holdings Inc.‘s proposed Midcontinent Supply Header Interstate Pipeline (MIDSHIP) project and is seeking public comment on the project [PF17-3]. It would carry 1.4 Bcf/d of natural gas to connect production out of the Anadarko Basin — namely the STACK (Sooner Trend of the Anadarko Basin, mostly in Canadian and Kingfisher counties) and SCOOP (South Central Oklahoma Oil Province) — to markets in the Gulf Coast. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will accept public comment through Feb. 27 and has scheduled public scoping sessions in Durant, OK, Feb. 13; Ardmore, OK, Feb. 14; Elmore City, OK, Feb. 15; and El Reno, OK, Feb. 16. Cheniere pre-filed MIDSHIP with FERC in October.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a request from Comanche Trail Pipeline LLC to commence service of its San Elizario Crossing project in El Paso County, TX [CP15-503]. FERC granted a request for a presidential permit and authorization to site, construct and operate the 1.1 Bcf/d project, which would export natural gas to Mexico via the proposed intrastate Comanche Trail Pipeline, in May 2016. Plans for the project included construction of a 42-inch diameter pipeline, measuring about 1,086 feet in length, under the Rio Grande near the City of San Elizario, TX. The pipeline would have a maximum design export capacity of approximately 1.1 Bcf/d, and would transport natural gas to a new delivery interconnection near the City of San Isidro, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The principal use of the proposed border-crossing pipeline would be to transport exported domestic natural gas for use as fuel in electric generation plants and industrial facilities in Mexico, according to Comanche Trail.