A U.S. federal court resolved a dispute between Portland NaturalGas Transmission System (PNGTS) and Central Maine Power (CMP) overthe use of a CMP right-of-way for the installation of PNGTS. PNGTSwas granted a motion for preliminary injunction filed against CMPin March. The court’s action gives PNGTS immediate possession ofthe property rights on CMP-owned electric transmission corridorsnecessary to install pipeline facilities approved by the FederalEnergy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
PNGTS received U.S. regulatory approval last September forinstallation and operation of a 292-mile, $302 million interstategas pipeline. The FERC-approved route for PNGTS primarily lieswithin or immediately adjacent to existing utility and otherrights-of-way. Central Maine Power owns about 70 miles of electrictransmission corridor that will be used to install PNGTS and thePNGTS/Maritimes Joint Facilities, making CMP the largest singlelandowner along the route.
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