Construction begins on pipeline to send gas from Colorado to West Coast

Construction began Saturday in various locations along the path of the Ruby Pipeline, a conduit that would give some Piceance Basin energy companies access to West Coast markets.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday approved construction of the pipeline, which it licensed in April, said a spokesman for El Paso Corp., one of the owners of the pipeline.

“Blockbuster midstream investments like the Ruby Pipeline represent institutional investor confidence in western Colorado and the Rockies,” said David Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

The $3 billion project will run 675 miles from Opal, Wyo., to Malin, Ore., and carry as many as 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter had pressed for quick federal action on the pipeline and he called the construction approval “exciting news for Colorado’s gas industry.”

The Ruby Pipeline will create jobs and allow Colorado producers to obtain a fair price for gas in the larger markets on the West Coast, Ritter said.

The pipeline is to be in service in March.


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