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Updated: 11/14/2013 03:18:43PM

Proposed natural gas pipeline

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The public is invited to learn more about a natural gas pipeline that could go through eastern Polk County.

Florida Southeast Connection LLC will be hosting an open house to talk about the proposed pipeline route and receive input from the community. The open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. this Thursday at the Polk State College Lake Wales Art Center, 1099 State Road 60.

According to a press release, natural gas is a clean-burning, affordable, U.S.-produced fuel that is essential to Florida’s economy.

Natural gas is a leading electricity fuel source in the state. Approximately 68 percent of the electricity Floridians use is generated by natural gas power plants. Natural gas has many advantages. It’s the cleanest fossil fuel, abundantly available in the U.S. and more affordable than imported oil.

However, as of now, the state has only two major pipeline systems to deliver the natural gas necessary to generate power for millions of residents and businesses throughout Central and South Florida. As Florida’s economy improves and the needs of Floridians grow, the addition of a new, underground system is essential to ensuring the state has continued reliable access to natural gas.

This new system will comprise two new natural gas pipelines that will be built by private companies in the years ahead following a thorough regulatory and public review process.

If regulatory approvals and permitting on the current schedule, construction of the Florida Southeast Connection pipeline will begin in 2016, creating hundreds of direct and indirect jobs in the five counties along its proposed route.

The pipeline will extend from Kissimmee to Martin County.

The company went on to say “this important infrastructure investment would produce millions of dollars in new tax revenue for local schools and governments, in addition to supporting local businesses and jobs during the construction phase.”

The company has also scheduled an open house on the pipeline from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Nov. 13) in Haines City. The location is the Haines City/Lake Eva Banquet Hall, 799 Johns Ave.

Those who are unable to attend are asked to visit the company’s website or call (855) 327-2660 for more information.

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