FERC writes enviro report on Tennessee Gas project in northeast U.S.

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Northeast Energy Direct Project, involving construction and operation of facilities by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.

FERC said in a June 30 notice that it will take comment until Aug. 31 on what should be covered by the EIS.

Tennessee Gas plans to construct and operate approximately 412 miles of new natural gas transmission pipeline and associated facilities in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. This project would also involve modifications at existing compressor and meter stations and construction of nine new compressor stations, 14 new meter stations, and various appurtenant facilities.

These facilities would be capable of providing 2.2 billion cubic feet per day of capacity to transport natural gas to markets in the northeastern United States and Canada.

The pipeline planned for construction includes supply path and market path components.

  • The Supply Path component would deliver gas from the existing Tennessee Gas 300 Line to its existing 200 Line near Wright, New York. The Supply Path would include approximately 135 miles in Pennsylvania and New York, as well as 32 miles of pipeline loop along the 300 Line in Pennsylvania.
  • The Market Path would include approximately 188 miles of pipeline extending from Wright, New York, into Massachusetts and New Hampshire and then ending in Dracut, Massachusetts. The Market Path would generally be co-located with existing linear infrastructure.

In addition, the project would include construction of nine pipeline laterals, loops, or delivery lines in Massachusetts (38 miles), Connecticut (15 miles), and New Hampshire (7 miles) to provide natural gas to local markets.

Tennessee Gas on March 13 filed with FERC a voluminous resource report as part of the pre-application environmental review process for its Northeast Energy Direct Project. In September 2014, Tennessee Gas filed a request to use FERC’s pre-filing procedures for the Northeast Energy Direct Project, which the commission approved in October. As part of the pre-filing process, Tennessee submitted various resource reports.

On Feb. 27, Tennessee received comments from commission staff on prior resource reports for the project. The commission staff requested that Tennessee incorporate the requested information in revised resource reports and to include a matrix that identifies the specific locations in the resource reports where the information requested in these comments may be found. Tennessee expects to file a certificate application for the project in September 2015.

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