Ruby natural gas pipeline running in Nevada, Utah

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A natural gas pipeline that links Wyoming to Oregon is up and running in northern Nevada and northern Utah after three years of preparation and construction.Officials from the Bureau of Land Management say the $3.7 billion Ruby Pipeline went online Thursday, running nearly 680 miles from Opal, Wyo. to Malin, Ore.The pipeline’s parent company, El Paso Corp., says the Ruby Pipeline is environmentally friendly, with emissions offset by carbon credits and other means.Some environmental groups and ranchers had criticized the project during construction.El Paso was able to settle the disputes with payments to trust accounts of the various groups.A company spokesman says the Ruby Pipeline provides Rocky Mountain natural gas producers a pathway to move their gas to California and the Pacific Northwest.

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