- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gas Co. says it’ll seek a federal permit to begin building a natural gas pipeline from southern New Mexico to Mexico.

Company spokesman Teala Kail says the $5 million project would extend the company’s existing pipeline in Santa Teresa about five miles to the U.S.-Mexico border and enlarge the pipeline.

The Albuquerque Journal (https://goo.gl/CTuQez ) reports that additional facilities would need to be built on the Mexican side of the border before exports of gas could begin.

A federal permit is required for pipelines that reach the border between the United States and Canada or Mexico, and Kail says the company expects the permit process will take a few months.

New Mexico Gas is the state’s largest natural gas utility, serving more than 515,000 customers.

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