FERC on Thursday gave Columbia Gulf Transmission LLC the go-ahead to start up the 1 Bcf/d Rayne XPress Expansion Project, adding to the list of Appalachian natural gas takeaway expansions coming online in time for winter heating season.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in comments filed with FERC on Monday that the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.’s Leach and Rayne XPress pipeline projects is insufficient, recommending that additional information be included in the final version.
Columbia Pipeline Group is seeking to expand the eastern side of its Columbia Gas Transmission system to provide Marcellus Shale gas to growing markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. It is also pursuing an expansion of the western side of its system to give producers an additional path out of the Marcellus/Utica region and to help avoid continued basis erosion.