From Panama City News Herald

Construction on a major natural gas pipeline project cutting through Alabama, Georgia and Central Florida is set to begin this year, pending approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The Southeast Market Pipelines Project is a 685-mile, multibillion-dollar undertaking by NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light Co., in conjunction with several other energy companies across the country, including the Houston-based Spectra Energy.The project is actually composed of three separate sections, the largest of which, the Sabal Trail Project, will run through central and northern Florida into Georgia and Alabama, delivering up to 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to southeastern markets, according to the project’s website. It is expected to be in service by mid-2017.

The entire project likely would affect 877.7 acres of wetlands and cross 17 bodies of water. Where possible, the pipeline will travel under a body of water to minimize impact and the “majority” of the wetlands will be allowed to return to their “pre-construction condition.”

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