The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that it will take more time to complete a full environmental review of a proposed conversion of Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline.
FERC’s original deadline was set for September 2, but the commission has extended its deadline to November 2 in order to require additional time for review of the conversion.
Kinder Morgan wants to sell the line to an affiliate who would convert it to transport natural gas liquids instead of natural gas, which would also reverse the flow from northbound to southbound.
Some communities are concerned about a conversion change on a pipeline that was built in 1944, saying the conversion could risk safety and negatively impact the environment.
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline runs a total of 11,800 miles and currently transports gas from the Gulf of Mexico to the northeast area of the United States, including New York City and Boston.