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Transco's Dalton expansion project receives positive environmental review

FERC Office of Energy Projects staff signed off on aTranscontinental Gas Pipe LineCo. LLC proposal to build and modify natural gas facilities toprovide bidirectional service to Georgia markets.

"The staff recommends that the commission order containa finding of no significant impact," staff said in the March 31environmental assessment, or EA, of the Dalton expansion project. The staffadded that certain mitigating measures should be recommended as conditions ofthe project's certificate.

The Dalton expansion project would deliver an additional448,000 Dth/d of transportation capacity to markets in northwest Georgia, agrowing area of demand, according to FERC staff. The project wouldalso include modifications to existing facilities on Transco's mainlinetransmission system in Virginia and North Carolina to allow for bidirectionalflow. The Dalton expansion project is by Transco, a subsidiary, andan AGL Resources Inc.subsidiary.

In March 2015, Transco announced that it had applied tobuild and operate facilities that make up the . Transcooriginally planned on an in-service date of May 2017 for the project, withconstruction expected to begin during the summer of 2016.

Construction and operation of the facilities, including approximately115 miles of new pipeline, would take place in Coweta, Carroll, Douglas,Paulding, Bartow, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield counties in Georgia.Transco proposed to construct and install 7.8 miles of 30-inch-diameterpipeline in Coweta and Carroll counties; 51.3 miles of 24-inch-diameterpipeline in Carroll, Douglas, Paulding, and Bartow counties; 53.8 miles of20-inch-diameter pipeline in Bartow, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield counties; and2 miles of 16-inch-diameter pipeline in Murray County. The projectwould also include a new 21,830-horsepower compressor station in CarrollCounty, three new meter stations in Bartow and Murray counties, mainlinevalves, pig launcher and receiver facilities and other facilities for the newpipeline. (CP15-117)