Pipeline owner asks OK for pipeline abandonment

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - American Midstream Partners wants to abandon its Midla natural gas pipeline in Mississippi and Louisiana.

The company made application Wednesday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It has asked regulators to make a decision about the abandonment by July 1.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1mMNII9) pipeline serves Natchez, Woodville and other areas in Southwest Mississippi and Clayton, Ferriday, Ridgecest and Vidalia in Louisiana.

Denver-based American Midstream said erosion and land cultivation have brought the ground surface closer to the pipeline and Mississippi River floods have destroyed six of eight river crossings.

American Midstream president/CEO Steve Bergstrom says in a news release the company is not aware of any imminent danger but cannot be sure the pipeline is safe to operate.

Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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