A federal regulatory agency said a proposed 167-mi. (269 km) natural gas pipeline that would run across Arkansas from Conway County to Helena/West Helena would be “environmentally acceptable.”
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final environmental impact statement for the pipeline that Kentucky-based Texas Gas Transmission is planning to transport gas from the Fayetteville Shale play in north-central Arkansas. The pipeline, estimated to cost $360 million, would connect to another Texas Gas line across the Mississippi River.
The commission still has to rule on whether to give the pipeline a green light.
The pipeline also would need approval from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Army Corps of Engineers, plus it must be reviewed by a number of other agencies.
Texas Gas’ proposal said the line in Arkansas, known as the Fayetteville Lateral, would carry 853 million cu. ft. (24 million cu m) of natural gas per day.
The Fayetteville Lateral is part of a Texas Gas expansion project that also includes building a new pipeline in Mississippi, starting at Greenville and ending at Kosciusko. The project would cover 260 mi. (418 km) in all. Another 751 million cu. ft. (21 million cu m) per day would travel through the Mississippi line, known as the Greenville Lateral. The projects are being reviewed together before the FERC.
Company plans show the pipeline could be operating as soon as next year.
Texas Gas pipelines extend 5,900 mi.