AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday granted conditional approval to an 80-mile natural gas pipeline to be built from Richmond to Madison, according to a release from Kennebec Valley Gas Company.
The company will need to return to the Maine PUC for final approval of its financing and engineering plans when they are finalized. Conditional approval is a first step in the process, which requires final approval by the Maine PUC. The company must also obtain all necessary permits from state and local authorities. Kennebec Valley Gas has proposed the construction of the pipeline would begin in 2012 and continue through 2013, with the first customers receiving gas in the fourth quarter of 2012.