The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 26 issued notice of a Feb. 12 application by Columbia Gas Transmission LLC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate its Utica Access Project.
Columbia is requesting to construct a five-mile, 24-inch diameter pipeline from Dominion Transmission Inc.’s (DTI) Cornwell Compressor station to an intersection with Columbia’s existing line X-52-M1 in Kanawha and Clay counties in southern West Virginia. The proposal will provide 205 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day of firm transportation capacity to deliver natural gas to the proposed facilities to be constructed by DTI in a separate docket. The estimated cost of the project is $45.3 million.
Within 90 days of this notice the commission staff will either: complete its environmental assessment (EA) and place it into the public record for this proceeding; or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the commission staff’s issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) or EA for this proposal.
Columbia proposes to commence construction of these facilities in late 2015 in order to meet an in-service date for the contracted firm transportation service on Nov. 1, 2016, and to avoid right-of-way clearing restrictions that commence on April, 1, 2016. To meet this schedule, it asked the commission for an approval by Aug. 1, 2015.