Pipe for the planned Trans-Pecos Pipeline sits at a staging yard outside Fort Stockton, TX. (Travis Bubenik/KRTS)
On Thursday (May 5), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a permit allowing the Trans-Pecos Pipeline to cross underneath the Rio Grande. The permit was issued after a lengthy environmental review.
This gives the pipeline operators, Energy Transfer, a key approval to ultimately export natural gas from the United States into Mexico through the 143-mile proposed pipeline. Whether or not the federal agency would issue the permit was closely watched by both company officials and by pipeline protestors.
FERC said it received about 625 public comments about its review, including some from elected officials in Far West Texas.
Here is a key section in the permit: FERC Appendix C.