Workers will begin construction on a $3.2 billion natural gas pipeline, which will run through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, once federal energy regulators give the project its final approvals.
The Sabal Trail pipeline project, headed by Sabal Trail Transmission LLC, is planned to begin construction by Wednesday. The project has already received permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Florida Power & Light (FPL) wrote on its website that the pipeline is necessary "to ensure reliable access to the clean, affordable, U.S.-produced fuel necessary to meet the growing electricity needs of the state's residents and businesses."
FPL had requested for a new natural gas pipeline to be built in Florida by 2017 and decided after evaluation that Sabal Trail Transmission was the most economic solution.
The pipeline has already gained opposition by environmentalists who believe the pipeline will negatively affect wetlands, springs, and sinkholes.
The Sabal Trail pipeline is a joint effort between Spectra Energy, Duke Energy, and Florida Power & Light.
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