Puerto Rico abandons plan to build gas pipeline
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The government of Puerto Rico has formally withdrawn plans to build a natural gas pipeline after investing more than US$50 million in a project that provoked strong opposition from islanders and environmentalists.
A spokeswoman with the US Army Corps of Engineers said Friday that the agency received a letter requesting the project be abandoned.
The decision comes four months after a government-appointed committee rejected plans for the pipeline that would have bisected the island, and offered three alternatives.
Governor Luis Fortuno originally backed the project as a way to reduce dependence on oil. He said the 92-mile (148-kilometre) pipeline would have saved US$1 billion a year.
Government officials said they would consider other natural gas options and expect to choose one by mid-2013