A meeting was held in Lake Charles last night to discuss the potential impacts of a proposed liquified natural gas pipeline that would from extreme southeast Texas, across Louisiana to Delhi in the northeastern part of the state.

The Port Arthur Pipeline Louisiana Connector Extension Project would carry the liquified natural gas some 252 miles across the state. As of now the proposed route for the pipeline begins in Port Arthur Texas and will enter southwest Louisiana near the Calcasieu/ Cameron Parish line. The route then takes the pipeline just west of Eunice.

From there the pipeline would extend further to the north and east passing just to the east of the city of Alexandria. The pipeline route will eventually terminate in Delhi Louisiana which is located between Monroe and Tallulah.

Company officials say the pipeline is still in the planning phases and meetings such as the one held in Lake Charles last night are being held to get public input from those who might be affected by the pipeline's construction.

A spokesperson for Port Arthur LNG indicated that the project will likely be submitted for consideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission next year. The hope is the plan will be approved at some time in 2021. If that all goes according to plan construction on the pipeline could begin as early as 2022.

Once construction begins officials estimate the pipeline will take about six months to complete. The project is expected to create 200 fulltime jobs. Most of those jobs will center around maintaining the pipeline once it is in operation.


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