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Friday, February 20, 2009
GOV. RITTER URGES FEDS TO CERTIFY RUBY NATURAL GAS PIPELINE
Gov.Bill Ritteris urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to quickly certify the Ruby gas pipeline, a $3 billion project that would carry 1.5 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas fromColoradoand otherRocky Mountain statesthe Oregon/California border.
"Coloradois one of the nation's leading natural-gas producers," Gov. Ritter. "But a lack of pipeline capacity means our natural gas sells for less in the marketplace. That hurtsColoradogas producers and putsColoradojobs at risk. We're asking the Commission to expedite approval of the Ruby pipeline to help protect thousands ofColoradojobs, to support an importantColoradoindustry, and to help moveAmericacloser to energy security."
The 42-inch pipeline would stretch 675.2 miles from Opal,Wyo., throughUtahandNevadato the Oregon/California border.
Here is the complete text of Gov. Ritter's Feb. 19 letter to the Commission:
Office of the Acting Chairman and Commissioners
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Acting Chairman Jon Wellinghoff
Commissioner Suedeen G. Kelly
Commissioner Philip D. Moeller
Commissioner Marc Spitzer
Commissioner Joseph T. Kelliher
888First Street, N.E.
Re: Application of Ruby Pipeline, LLC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, Docket No. CP09-54-000
Dear Acting Chairman Wellinghoff, and Commissioners Kelly, Moeller, Spitzer and Kelliher:
I am writing to express the support of the State ofColoradofor the Ruby Pipeline Project and to request that the FERC expedite the processing of the certificate application that was filed by Ruby on January 27, 2009.
The proposed Ruby Pipeline will consist of approximately 675.2 miles of 42-inch outside diameter natural gas pipeline, compression facilities and measurement facilities, located between the confluence of existing pipeline facilities near Opal, Wyoming (the Opal Hub) and Malin, Oregon.
The Ruby Pipeline will have a design capacity of up to approximately 1.5 million dekatherms per day ("MDth/d").
Coloradois a major producer of natural gas, and the proposed Ruby Pipeline is an important link between the prolific producing areas ofColoradoand other mountain states and the consuming areas ofCaliforniaand thePacific Northwest.
Natural gas production inColoradomakes a substantial contribution to the economic well-being of the State, and also makes a significant contribution to the energy requirements of our country.
For these contributions to continue, producers need assurance that the produced natural gas will have an outlet to the consuming areas of the country.
In the absence of adequate "take-away" capacity, the market for Colorado-produced natural gas will be artificially constrained and production will be reduced, to the detriment of theColoradoeconomy and our nation's energy independence. This has occurred in the past, and I am concerned that it will happen again in the near future if the Ruby Pipeline project is not constructed.
I ask the FERC to proceed diligently with the processing of the Ruby Pipeline Certificate Application and to thoughtfully consider all approvals that may be required for Ruby to construct, own and operate the Ruby Pipeline.
Thank you for your attention to the concerns of the State ofColorado.