Adams County commissioners approve natural gas pipeline construction

Adams County commissioners approve pipeline construction Commissioners for Adams County, Colo., gave their final approval for the construction of a 30-mile stretch of a natural gas pipeline that extends from northern Colorado to Texas. The Adams County commissioners had previously rejected plans for constructing the pipeline through the county, but gave the green light Nov. 18, The Denver Post reported.

The commissioners initially had issues with the proposed pipeline route, which would have crossed through Front Range Airport. Amended route plans moved the pipeline so it travels next to the airport, the Post reported. The commissioners unanimously approved the changed plans.

The Adams County approval means construction of the entire 435-mile pipeline can continue, the Denver Business Journal reported. The line will carry natural gas liquids and is expected to be in operation by the first quarter of 2014. Natural gas products like ethane, propane and butane - byproducts of natural gas drilling - will be transported through the pipeline and then processed to use for manufacturing.

The Front Range Pipeline is being constructed through a partnership between Enterprise Products Partners, Andarko Petroleum and Denver-based DCP Midstream. Andarko operates in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, the Denver Business Journal reported.

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