FERC issues draft EIS for PennEast natural gas pipeline

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the PennEast natural gas pipeline proposed by PennEast Pipeline LLC.

“FERC staff determined that construction and operation of the Project would result in some adverse environmental impacts, but impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of PennEast’s proposed and FERC staff’s recommended mitigation measures,” FERC staff said in a July 22 announcement.

In issuing the draft EIS, the FERC staff said that comments must be received in Washington, D.C. by Sept. 12.

FERC staff noted that about 44.3 miles (26.8 miles in Pennsylvania and 17.5 miles in New Jersey), or about 37%, of the 115.1-mile-long pipeline route would be constructed adjacent to existing rights-of-way.

“The companies that will use PennEast include every natural gas public utility serving New Jersey, and major utilities that serve customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and New York City,” said PennEast Pipeline spokesman Pat Kornick.

In addition to everyday uses, like home heating, the pipeline will deliver more natural gas to the region for power generation, PennEast has said.

AGL Resources; NJR Pipeline Co.; PSEG Power; SJI Midstream; Spectra Energy Partners; and UGI Energy Services are the member companies that form PennEast Pipeline Co.

PennEast requests authorization to build, own, and operate facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The EIS has been prepared in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the appropriate Council on Environmental Quality regulations, the FERC staff said.

The PennEast pipeline case detailed in FERC (Docket No. CP15-338-000).



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