North Escambia Dot Com is reporting that Gulf Power is analyzing the feasibility of installing a proposed natural gas pipeline though North Escambia County to convert Plant Crist from coal to natural gas. The power company says the conversion to natural gas would reduce carbon emissions and help lower costs to customers because of lower operating costs. The proposed pipeline will run about 39 miles from the Florida/Alabama line, south through McDavid, Molino and Cantonment to Plant Crist just northwest of the University of West Florida. Over 85 percent of the proposed route would be located on existing corridors like Gulf Power transmission line corridors and the pipeline could be in service by mid-2020.

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