The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) on the Utica Access Project, which involves construction and operation of facilities by Columbia Gas Transmission LLC in Clay and Kanawha counties, West Virginia.
The commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity. This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the project. The commission said in a March 20 notice that the scoping period where it will be taking input on what should be covered by the EA will close on April 20.
The Utica Access Project would result in a capacity of 205,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation service of stranded Utica natural gas into Columbia’s system and the regional market. The project would consist of the installation of approximately 4.8 miles of new 24-inch-diameter pipeline and the following appurtenant facilities in Clay and Kanawha counties:
- four new bi-directional pig launcher and receiver systems at the following locations: one each at MP 0.0 and MP 4.8 of the new 24-inch-diameter pipeline, and one each at the existing Coco and Cobb Compressor Stations (which are on Columbia’s existing Line X52-M1);
- a new mainline valve setting on Line X52-M1 at a proposed new tap at MP 0.0;
- two new 10-inch pressure regulating valves and modifications within the existing Coco Compressor Station;
- one new remote terminal unit building at MP 4.8;
- twenty-one existing and two partially new access roads; and
- three temporary contractor yards.