Valley Crossing Pipeline

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Valley Crossing Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline with components that are operating and proposed in Texas, United States.[1][2]


The pipeline runs from Agua Dulce, Texas, to the U.S.-Mexico border in the Gulf of Mexico, where it will connect with the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline.[3]

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Project details

  • Operator: Enbridge Energy Pipeline Co[4]
  • Owner: Enbridge[4]
  • Parent company: Enbridge[4]
  • Capacity: 2.6 billion cubic feet per day[4]
  • Length: 177 miles [5]
  • Diameter: 42 inches, 48 inches[4]
  • Cost: US$1.5 billion[4]
  • Status: Operating[4]
  • Start year: 2019[4]


The Valley Crossing Pipeline is operated by Valley Crossing Pipeline LLC, which is owned by Enbridge.[6] The pipeline is being built to export natural gas to Mexico, but most of its 168 miles are treated as an intrastate project for regulatory purposes, putting them under the jurisdiction of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). A 1,000-foot section of the pipeline that crosses the U.S.-Mexico border in the Gulf of Mexico is regulated by FERC. Valley Crossing Pipeline applied to FERC to build this 1,000-foot section in November 2016,[7] and received FERC approval in October 2017.[8] This international section would connect to the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline, which is also under construction.[6]

The pipeline began operations in 2019.[4]


Cameron Co. Man Worried Pipeline Will Affect Environment, Sep. 12, 2017

Opponents of the pipeline have raised concerns about its negative impact on human health, the environment, land rights, and land values.[9] Opponents have also criticized the fact that an international pipeline could be be largely permitting and overseen by a state agency, the RRC, exempting it from federal review and an Environmental Assessment (EA) by FERC.

Expansion projects

Texas LNG Lateral Extension

  • Operator:
  • Owner: Enbridge[10]
  • Parent company: Enbridge[10]
  • Capacity: 2.6 billion cubic feet per day[10] (presumed to be the same capacity as the original)
  • Length: 10 miles[10]
  • Diameter:
  • Status: Proposed[10]
  • Start year: 2026[10]
  • Cost:
  • Financing:
  • Associated infrastructure:

Capacity Expansion

  • Operator:
  • Owner: Enbridge[10]
  • Parent company: Enbridge[10]
  • Capacity: 720 MMcf/d[10]
  • Length: 0 new kilometers[10]
  • Diameter:
  • Status: Proposed[10]
  • Start year: 2026[10]
  • Cost:
  • Financing:
  • Associated infrastructure:

In January 2022, Enbridge agreed to expand the pipeline to deliver an additional 720 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, as well as add a 10-mile lateral extending the pipeline to the Texas LNG Terminal.[10]

Articles and resources


  1. Valley Crossing Pipeline, Spectra Energy, accessed September 2017
  2. Enbridge places Valley Crossing Texas-to-Mexico gas pipeline into service, Seeking Alpha, Nov. 2, 2018
  3. National Energy and Petrochemical Map , FracTracker, February 28, 2020
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Agency, July 21, 2020
  5. Enbridge’s Energy Infrastructure Assets Enbrdige, July 22, 2020
  6. 6.0 6.1 Valley Crossing project will deliver natural gas to Mexico, The Brownsville Herald, Dec. 16, 2017
  7. Docket No. CP17-19-000, FERC June 2017
  8. Trump administration issues presidential permit for Valley Crossing Pipeline, San Antonio Business Journal, Oct. 23, 2017
  9. Destroying Our Coastal Wetlands for Gas Export Profit: The Valley Crossing Pipeline, Save RGF From LNG, Dec. 19, 2016
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 "". Retrieved 2022-07-19. External link in |title= (help)

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