SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A proposal to build a controversial 90-mile (150-kilometer) natural gas pipeline in Puerto Rico has received a preliminary favorable nod from the federal agency that has final say over the project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will not require developers to submit an environmental impact statement.
Thursday's announcement could pave the way for approval of the $450 million pipeline unless federal officials are swayed by public opinion in the next 30 days.
Once the public comment period ends, the Corps of Engineers will either approve the project, deny it or decide it needs an environmental impact statement.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)