As January draws to a close, the good news for Wyoming’s natural gas industry is that the Bison pipeline built by TransCanada is finally in operation, transporting 407 million cubic feet of gas a day from the Powder River Basin to the Midwest.
“Bison provides new options both to producers in the Powder River Basin and to consumers in the Midwest,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada president and chief executive officer.
The $600 million pipeline began construction July. It runs approximately 30 miles east of Gillette south of Interstate 90 and travels 303 miles through Campbell County, southeastern Montana and North Dakota before connecting with Northern Border Pipeline.
Prior to construction of the $600 million pipeline which began last July, TransCanada spent nearly two and a half years of negotiating the right-of-way access, completing an environmental impact study and working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The Bison pipeline increases the capacity to move gas out of the Rocky Mountain region by roughlyt 5 percent, according to Brian Jefferies, executive director of the Wyoming Pipeline Authority