St. Louis-based natural gas company Spire could soon win federal approval to build a 65-mile pipeline that ferries natural gas from eastern U.S. shale formations to the St. Louis region. However, some residents and environmental lawyers want to put a halt to the project, saying there are too many environmental risks involved with building the pipeline.
The Spire STL Pipeline would run through Scott, Greene and Jersey counties in Illinois and St. Charles and St. Louis counties in Missouri. Because it crosses state lines, it requires approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which released an environmental assessment of the project at the end of September.
Area residents and environmentalists complain that the project would only encourage more hydraulic fracturing, an activity that emits methane, one of several greenhouse gases that causes climate change.
The Great Rivers Environmental Law Center filed a motion to intervene on the FERC’s review of the project.
Scott Jaskowiak, vice president of Spire STL Pipeline, said that the company has taken steps to mitigate the environmental impact of the project and maintains it’s necessary to build the pipeline.
Spire plans to start construction of the pipeline in February.
Read more: St. Louis Public Radio