Delta Express Gas Pipeline
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The Delta Express Gas Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline in Louisiana, USA.
The pipeline would run from Alto, Louisiana, USA to terminals in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, USA.
- Parent Company: Venture Global
- Length: 444.2 kilometers / 276 miles
- Status: Proposed
- Start Year: 2024
First proposed in April 2019, the 280-mile Delta Express pipeline would be built through 14 parishes, connecting an existing natural gas pipeline in northern Louisiana to a liquid natural gas facility in Plaquemines Parish — Louisiana’s southernmost parish. As of September 2020, the pipeline was still in the early stages of permitting: Venture Global hadn’t submitted its formal application to FERC or acquired state permits.
In September 2020, emails obtained through a public records request by the Energy and Policy Institute revealed that Venture Global had tried to influence Louisiana state and federal permitting agencies by employing a Louisiana lawmaker, Rep. Ryan Bourriaque (R-Abbeville). Bourriaque is vice chair of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee. He negotiated with the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) about another Venture Global pipeline which will cross a Mississippi River levee that CPRA is planning to elevate. Bourriaque also sent a template letter for other Louisiana lawmakers to send to FERC in support of the Delta Express pipeline.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, as of April 2021 the project had still not applied for FERC approval.
Articles and resources
- Sara Sneath, Louisiana lawmaker paid to push proposed pipeline through Black, Indigenous communities, Energy News Network, September 20, 2020
- Erica Jackson, National Energy and Petrochemical Map , FracTracker Alliance, February 28, 2020
- U.S. natural gas pipeline projects, U.S. Energy Information Administration, April 29, 2021