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Firm Begins Building Controversial Ruby Pipeline

The El Paso Corporation says it’s started building a controversial natural gas pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved El Paso’s request to proceed with construction of the Ruby Pipeline late last week.

The El Paso Corporation is spending $3 billion to build the 680 mile pipeline to connect natural gas fields in Wyoming to a preexisting hub Malin, Oregon. The goal is to give producers access to markets in California, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest.

El Paso reached a deal last week with two environmental groups that had opposed the pipeline.

But the project still faces opposition from other environmental groups and tribes. Richard Wheatley is a spokesman for the El Paso Corporation.

Richard Wheatley: “We are under very rigorous environmental stipulations from the agencies that have granted us the certificate of public convenience and necessity and now the notice to proceed and construct.”

Last Friday, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a challenge to the project in federal appeals court. A spokesman for the group says it will likely ask the court to halt the project while it considers the issue.