GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A proposed $3.2 billion natural gas pipeline has been approved by federal energy regulators.
The Gainesville Sun reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the 516-mile-long Sabal Trail pipeline.
It will run from Alabama, through Georgia and into Florida. Construction is expected to start later this year with completion in 2017.
Environmental groups have voiced concerns about the pipeline’s effects on wetlands, springs and sinkholes.
The groups say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still has to approve the project’s construction through wetlands.
The pipeline is a joint venture between Duke Energy, Florida Power & Light and Spectra Energy.
It’s meant to bolster Florida’s natural gas supply.
Currently, two major pipelines deliver the fuel to Florida, but both are nearing capacity.