Gas pipeline looking to expand in South

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - The company that runs Georgia's main

gas pipeline is hoping to convince the Georgia Environmental Protection

Division to apporve their plans to expand its network to unclog a choke

point between Louisiana and Atlanta.

The pipe would run through backyards in four counties of five hundred

landowners and would be about a meter below the ground, but has the

potential to cause fuel leaks, polluted water and decreased property


State officials are holding three public meetings in December about the

pipeline expansion.

The new pipeline is expected to cost $3 billion and would be complete

by 2012.

The new pipeline would run through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama

and Georgia.

But Colonial's president and chief executive officer, Norm Szydlowski,

says only Georgia requires state-level oversight for such an expansion.

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