Commission to hear proposal on regional pipeline

AUBURN, Ala. — County officials in eastern Alabama are set to discuss a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross through parts of Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Lee County commissioners are scheduled to meet Tuesday night to discuss the proposed project by Sabal Trail Transmission, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy Corp.

Logan Gray, a partner at Southern Strategy Group in Montgomery, is scheduled to give a presentation at Tuesday’s meeting, The Opelika-Auburn News reported.

The interstate pipeline system would cover an estimated 465 miles across portions of the three states, the Opelika newspaper reported.

A report on the project states that the plan is a response to a request for proposals from Florida Power & Light Co. to provide natural gas transportation for its power generation needs by May 2017.

The estimated $3 billion project is currently in the early developmental stage and that FPL would likely award the project by July, according to the report. It also noted that Sabal Trail would seek out community response to the project as well as performing surveys to collect information.

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