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Natchez objects to pipeline abandonment

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NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The city of Natchez is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny American Midstream Partners' petition to abandon the Midla natural gas pipeline in Mississippi and Louisiana.

The natural gas pipeline serves Natchez, Woodville and other areas in southwest Mississippi and nine parishes in eastern Louisiana, including the Clayton, Ferriday, Ridgecrest and Vidalia areas.

American Midstream has asked the commission to decide the issue by July 1.

American Midstream wants to abandon the pipeline over safety concerns because of the pipeline's age. It was built in the 1920s and is now about 50 years beyond its predicted lifespan, the company said.

The company filed an application with federal regulators in March.

Officials in Louisiana and Mississippi have questioned the decision.

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Information from: The Natchez

Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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