FERC rejects requests for rehearing of Constitution Pipeline project

The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 28 rejected several requests for rehearing of the commission’s December 2014 order authorizing Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC to construct and operate an approximately 125-mile-long, 30-inch-diameter interstate pipeline and related facilities.

The pipeline extends from two receipt points in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, to a proposed interconnection with Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP’s pipeline system in Schoharie County, New York. The proposed pipeline is designed to provide up to 650,000 dekatherms (Dth) per day of firm transportation service.

The commission also authorized Constitution to enter into a capacity lease agreement with Iroquois, whereby Iroquois will construct the compression necessary for Constitution to deliver natural gas from the terminus of its proposed interstate pipeline into the existing pipeline systems of both Iroquois and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC, and lease to Constitution the incremental capacity associated with the compression facilities.

In the 2014 order, the commission found that the benefits the Constitution Pipeline and Wright Interconnection Projects will provide to the market outweigh any adverse effects on existing shippers, on other pipelines and their captive customers, and on landowners and surrounding communities.

Several parties, including affected landowners, filed timely requests for rehearing of the 2014 order. The commissioners on Jan. 28 rejected all of them.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.