Why Aren't Natural Gas Lines Routed in the South?


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The U.S. Energy Information Administration states that there are more than 105,000 miles of natural gas pipelines in the South, as of the latest report in 2008. This represents a little more than one-third of the total 305,000 miles of U.S. pipelines.

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As of 2015, Texas and Louisiana are the biggest producers of natural gas, according to ExplorationWorld.com. Texas exports over 29 percent of the total natural gas sold in the United States. In addition to Texas and Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi produce natural gas. Most transportation of natural gas is via pipelines.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved at least three additional major pipelines in the South since the last report, namely in Alabama, Texas and Louisiana. Every other southern state has major pipeline projects planned or pending FERC approval in 2015. In addition to pipelines, the South dominates in the number of liquid natural gas export terminals.

Along with being the largest producers, Texas and Louisiana are the first and third largest consumers of natural gas. Natural gas is surging in demand for electricity generation. Rounding out the top five consumers are California, New York and Florida, all of which import the majority of their natural gas needs. The most efficient means of transporting natural gas continues to be by pipeline.

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