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FERC sets environmental review for Columbia Gas upgrade project

FERC staff plans to issue in March 2017 the environmental review for a Columbia Gas Transmission LLC natural gas pipeline modernization project in Ohio.

In a schedule for the project, FERC staff anticipated the environmental assessment would be available March 13, 2017. Federal agencies cooperating with FERC would have 90 days following its publication, until June 11, to finish their work on the review. The schedule was released in a Dec. 20 notice.

The TransCanada Corp. company applied for the project in September. At the time, Columbia Gas requested that FERC approve the project by Aug. 15, 2017, so it could be in service in September 2018. The estimated cost for the project is $183 million.

The project would update sections of a pipeline system near Columbus, Ohio. About 40 miles of aging pipeline and infrastructure on the Line B system in Fairfield and Franklin counties in Ohio would be abandoned, replaced or installed. There would be no change in the system's certificated capacity. (FERC docket CP16-498)