Williams OK’d for new Piceance Basin pipeline

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RBC — Williams announced Monday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued to Northwest Pipeline GP, Williams’ majority-owned subsidiary, a certificate approving construction and operation of a 24-inch diameter natural gas transmission pipeline in Colorado that will bring additional gas supplies from the Piceance Basin to Northwest’s on-system and off-system markets.
williamslogowebThe new 27.4-mile pipeline and related facilities, known as the Colorado Hub Connection, will connect the Meeker/White River hub, a regional production area hub, with Northwest’s existing mainline system south of Rangely. The project will provide approximately 360,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation service on Northwest’s mainline to delivery points as far south as Ignacio, Colo. At Ignacio, Northwest interconnects with El Paso Natural Gas and Transwestern Pipeline Com-pany.
“The Colorado Hub is a strategic project that will allow Northwest to connect the Piceance Basin supplies with markets in the western U.S. and to subscribe existing mainline capacity on a long-term basis,” said Phil Wright, president of Williams’ gas pipeline business. “We appreciate the efforts of the FERC and other state and federal agencies in reviewing the application for this important natural gas infrastructure on a timely basis.”
Williams anticipates starting construction on the project in May 2009 and the pipeline is expected to be in-service by Nov. 1, 2009. The estimated cost of the project is $60 million.

BLM hosting oil,
gas meeting
Special to the Herald Times

MEEKER — The Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory’s Subcommittee for the White River Field Office Oil and Gas Resource Management Plan Amendment will meet April 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bureau of Land Management’s White River Field Office, 220 East Market St. in Meeker.
The Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council (RAC) advises the secretary of the interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, on a variety of public land issues in northwestern Colorado.
A subcommittee has been formed under this RAC to advise it regarding the Oil and Gas Amendment to the White River Resource Management Plan.
The individuals on the subcommittee represent a broad range of interests and have specific knowledge of the Field Office. The Bureau of Land Management will be providing a presentation of the final draft alternatives, the impacts approach and protocol, and an update on the overall project schedule. The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period will be available. For additional information, call Carol Hollowed (970) 878-3836.