Piedmont Natural Gas wants to build new pipeline under river

FILE - This June 12, 2014 file photo shows Dominion Energy's Cove Point LNG Terminal in Lusby, Md. Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever in April of 2015, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
FILE - This June 12, 2014 file photo shows Dominion Energy's Cove Point LNG Terminal in Lusby, Md. Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever in April of 2015, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Piedmont Natural Gas is asking for permission to build a new natural gas line under the Cape Fear River to help it serve Wilmington.

The StarNews (http://bit.ly/2gjZFWm ) reports that the utility has applied for permits to build a 10-inch line under the river. The current 8-inch line would be emptied and capped.

The request says Piedmont Natural Gas would need to build 2 miles of new pipeline and realign some pipes leading to the river.

Piedmont Natural Gas spokesman David Trusty says removing the old pipe would damage the environment more than just capping it.

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Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com