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Rhode Island business group backs natural gas pipeline

March 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island business group is backing the expansion of a key gas pipeline in New England.

The Rhode Island Business Coalition on Thursday praised the preliminary approval by federal regulators of the expansion of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline. It says the region needs a plentiful supply of gas to ensure competitiveness.

The pipeline passes through northwest Rhode Island and brings natural gas to New England from shale fields in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

With rising use of natural gas, gas pipelines have become constrained, leading to higher prices.

Environmental groups oppose the Spectra project, in part because expansion would deliver more gas drawn by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Coalition members include the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Energy Council of Rhode Island and Associated Builders and Contractors of Rhode Island.

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