Sep 16, 2014 6:25 PM

Gas pipeline through Hollis takes first step toward approval, as competitors seek expansion of other pipelines

Energy giant Kinder-Morgan has taken the first step in seeking federal approval to build a natural gas pipeline that might cut through Hollis to Nashua, even as competitors, including PSNH’s parent company, seek to enlarge existing pipelines so that more gas can be brought to New England and more can be exported to Canada. The competing proposals – each targeted to open in November 2018 and each costing close to $3 billion – would be the first major pipeline expansion into the region in decades. They highlight New England’s changing and complex energy environment caused by a glut of American natural gas and a shortage of ways to get it to here. On Monday, Kinder-Morgan listed a pre-filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for what it calls the Northeast Energy Direct Project, kicking off the long and complicated regulatory process for building new gas pipelines. The pre-filing had been expected later this month. “We are advancing the project, in relation to competing projects,” Kinder Morgan spokesman Richard Wheatley wrote in an email response to a Telegraph query. “Subject to regulatory approvals, we anticipate the core pipeline and infrastructure project would be operational by November, 2018.” Kinder Morgan and its Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.


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