New Permit Applications Submitted by Williams for Raritan Bay Pipeline

Williams has filed new permit applications with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to build its proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement Project. The project includes a natural gas pipeline under Raritan Bay to New York and a new compressor station in Franklin Township.

"We strongly believe the discrete technical issues raised by the DEP on June 5 were addressed in our previous application and, in this application, we have provided additional information showing that these issues have been addressed," Christopher Stockton, a Williams spokesperson, said in a statement.

The company's initial application was denied by the DEP and a similar rejection by New York regulators in May. An environmental group has already criticized the company's action for filing new permit application.

"New Jersey’s denial outlined the serious violations of laws and regulations, in particular the lack of need, the impact from toxic contaminated sediments, and the failure to prove that this project is in the public interest. It is clear that as long as the door is left open they will continue to try and push this pipeline through" Peter Blair, policy attorney for Clean Ocean Action, said in a statement.


NJ Joins NY in Rejecting the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project

New Jersey rejected the plans for Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project to move more natural gas to New York City by the winter of 2020-2021, Kallanish Energy reports.

A similar decision was taken last month by New York regulators. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has denied the water-quality certification needed by Williams for the project.

The agency said the project could “adversely impact surface water quality.” Williams is planning to resubmit the application. They have also refiled the permit application to New York regulators and is pending.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project includes 10 miles of pipeline loops in Pennsylvania, three in New Jersey, 23 miles offshore in New Jersey and New York, a new compressor station in New Jersey and additional horsepower at an existing compressor station in Pennsylvania.

The project is being developed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., a Williams’ subsidiary and in New York, the pipeline would stretch under New York Bay to the Queens area of New York City.

National Grid, the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeast U.S said the project is crucial because pipeline capacity to New York is at capacity and natural gas demand in the New York City region is projected to grow by 10% in the next 10 years.


Gas Pipeline Builder Fined $1.5M for Failing to Maintain or Install Erosion Controls

Rice Midstream Holdings is agreeing to a $1.5 million fine for failing to prevent sedimentation and erosion into streams during construction in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The company failed for months to maintain or even install some erosion controls in 2017 while constructing the 7.5-mile Beta Trunk Pipeline, which was designed to move natural gas from wells to bigger transmission pipelines.

According to Department of Environmental Protection, in one case, it created a "soil stockpile" in a wetland.

The six-page agreement was released this week between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Rice Midstream Holdings.

The current owner of the pipeline is Equitrans Midstream Corp., but the Department of Environmental Protection says the violations began before the sale.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Receives Sixth Citing for Failing to Contain Muddy Water Flow

For the sixth time, environmental regulators have cited Mountain Valley Pipeline for failing to contain muddy water flowing from construction sites.

A notice of violation was recently issued against Mountain Valley Pipeline by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, according to a filing Thursday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It marks the sixth time environmental regulators have cited the Pittsburgh company for failing to contain muddy water flow from construction sites.

A former senior environmental engineer for DEQ said that it’s “pretty extraordinary” for so many flaws to with erosion and sediment control devices to be present, especially with their purpose of preventing runoff from reaching streams and other sensitive natural resources along construction zone.

He added that “if it’s one and it’s an accident or an oversight, then yeah, you give them some slack…But if it continues to happen — two, three, five or eight times — that’s too many.”

Mountain Valley officials said they took corrective actions with most of the reported violations, however if problems persist, more serious enforcement actions could occur. Regulators have not taken those steps yet, but fines and stop-work orders have already been requested from one Virginia senator.

 “It is not an overstatement to say that science dictates that this pipeline cannot be safely built in this area,” the senator wrote in a letter to the governor dated Friday.

 “With or without controls, slopes at these grades are too steep and doomed to have mudslides and sediment erosion,” the letter stated. “In fact, MVP crosses some of the steepest terrain in the eastern United States with unstable, porous limestone ‘karst’ land filled with caves, sinkholes and landslides.”

Spokeswoman Natalie Cox could not be reached Monday for comments on the most recent reported notice of violation in West Virginia, but a letter from company attorneys sent to FERC said that the Mountain Valley has already addressed the issues raised in the notice.

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Pennsylvania Fines Sunoco More Than $12 Million, Allows Mariner East 2 Construction to Resume

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has allowed construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline to resume after fining the pipeline builder approximately $12.7 million.

The state DEP ordered Sunoco in early January to halt construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline across the southern part of the state, noting a series of spills of drilling fluid and other violations against the terms of its permit.

Of the 350-mile long project, 6.5 miles goes through northern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

In the DEP's order in January, it required that Sunoco fully explain the failures that led to the violations and then come up with a plan to fix those failures.

The consent agreement that came Thursday means Sunoco can now resume construction on the project that will run from the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in western Pennsylvania to an export near Philadelphia.

The DEP said it would be monitoring Sunoco's activities closely to ensure that the company meets the terms of the agreement.

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Environmental Groups Ask for More Time to Review Shell Falcon Pipeline Permits

Environmental groups are asking Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection to extend a 30-day comment period on environmental permits for Shell's Falcon pipeline that would carry natural gas liquids to the company's Beaver County Ethane Cracker in Potter Township.

The current comment period started on January 20 and ends on February 20, but environmental groups say the potential impacts of the project merit a longer timeframe for citizens to properly analyze the impacts and give proper feedback.

Environmental groups worry that Shell's project would have similar impacts to local streams and wetlands that the Mariner East 2 pipeline did in Pennsylvania while it was under construction.

The state DEP pulled construction permits for Sunoco Logistics' Mariner East 2 pipeline in early January after the project resulted in repeated permit violations and caused more than 60 spills along its route.

Shell's 97-mile pipeline would carry 107,000 barrels per day of ethane to its Beaver County Ethane Cracker.

The DEP said it is sticking to the 30-day comment period for now and that it has not yet made a decision on extending the comment period.

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Orders Halt on Mariner East 2 Pipeline

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has ordered Sunoco to halt construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline across the southern part of the state, noting a series of spills of drilling fluid and other violations against the terms of its permit.

Sunoco must stop work on the 350-mile natural gas project until it complies with the terms of its permit, according to the DEP. The department has issued dozens of environmental violations to Sunoco since May, saying the company has failed to comply with the state's clean stream law and other regulations.

Sunoco must fully explain the failures that led to the violations and then come up with a plan to fix those failures, according to the DEP's order.

The Mariner East 2 pipeline will run from the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in western Pennsylvania to an export near Philadelphia. Sunoco had said construction on the pipeline is scheduled to be complete in the second quarter of 2018.

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West Virginia Orders Temporary Halt on Parts of Rover Pipeline Construction

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ordered a halt to construction on parts of the Rover Pipeline in places where it found permit violations that are damaging streams in West Virginia.

Inspections over the last four months found erosion-control failures that left sediment deposits in creeks and streams.

The DEP sent Rover Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, a letter on July 17 ordering the company to "immediately cease and desist any further land development activity" until it complies.

The company must provide a plan within 20 days for installing and maintaining needed storm water and erosion controls.

Construction is continuing on two West Virginia segments while Energy Transfer Partners works with the DEP to resolve issues on two other segments, according to the company.

The 700-mile Rover Pipeline is designed to carry natural gas from shale deposits in West Virginia and Pennsylvania across Ohio and into Michigan.

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Application for PennEast Pipeline Incomplete, Say State Regulators

An application for a permit needed for the PennEast pipeline is incomplete and must be resubmitted, which could result in a possible delay for construction.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection notified PennEast that it has 30 days to resubmit its application for a freshwater permit for the proposed $1 billion, 120-mile natural gas pipeline.

According to the department, the application lacks consent from property owners along the proposed pipeline path as well as a survey of endangered and threatened species along the path.

The department's announcement was cause for celebration for opponents who viewed it as a setback for the project. Opponents argue the pipeline could threaten waterways, hurt animals and habitats, and scar the land.

The PennEast pipeline is also awaiting approval from federal regulators who will decide if there is an economic need for the project.

If constructed, the pipeline would travel from Dallas, Pennsylvania and end near Pennington, New Jersey.


Proposed PennEast Pipeline Receives Key Permit to Move Forward

Proposed route of the PennEast natural gas pipeline ( PennEast Pipeline Company )

Proposed route of the PennEast natural gas pipeline (PennEast Pipeline Company)

The PennEast Pipeline Company announced Monday that it received a key permit that serves as a prerequisite for final approval of its natural gas pipeline project that will run from northeastern Pennsylvania to central New Jersey.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Projection on Monday granted the company a necessary water quality certification, which PennEast says shows that the company's plan will minimize environmental impact.

Federal regulators are still reviewing the 120-mile, $1 billion natural gas pipeline project, and a decision is anticipated for sometime this year.

Pending approvals, PennEast estimates that construction on the PennEast Pipeline should begin in 2018.

PennEast Pipeline Company is a compilation of members from different companies such as NJR Pipeline company, PSEG Power, SJI Midstream, Southern Company Gas, Spectra Energy Partners, and UGI Energy Services.

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Gas Company Fined for Building Pipelines Outside of Permitted Areas

A natural gas company and a pipeline builder have been fined a total of $184,000 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for constructing gathering pipelines outside their permit boundaries.

The DEP reported that pipeline had been built several hundred feet from where the line was supposed to be constructed as well as crossed a waterway several hundred yards away from the permitted stream crossing.

The violations were found during a routine inspection in December of 2015 when DEP employees found pipelines placed outside of permitted areas as well as a gravel road and pad for a pipeline valve that were never permitted.

CNX Gas Company, a subsidiary of Consol Energy, was fined $139,000 and CONE Midstream Partners has been assessed $45,000 for violating the Clean Streams Law and Oil and Gas Act of Pennsylvania.

Although gathering lines in rural areas are not regulated by the state or federal governments, they are required to have sediment control permits and water crossing permits from the DEP.

During inspections, the department found 20 lines operated by CNX Gas and another seven owned by Cone Midstream in southwestern Pennsylvania that were all out of compliance.

The DEP says both companies are working to bring their lines back into compliance.

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Public Requests Comment Extension on Sunoco Proposed Pennsylvania Pipeline



Opponents of Sunoco’s Mariner East II pipeline are requesting that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) extend the time for taking public comments on the proposed project.

The DEP is set to stop taking public comments on the line in just eight days, and landowners and environmentalists believe they were not given enough time for commenting on the pipeline that would transport natural gas liquids from the Macellus and Utica Shales to destinations in Pennsylvania.

Supporters of the pipeline believe the project will bring work to the area as well as boost Pennsylvania’s manufacturing and energy economies. Supporters of the line argued at a public hearing at the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex that the time for public comments had been drawn out long enough already.

The DEP will hold one more public hearing on August 18 at Westmoreland County Community College.

Sunoco is waiting for a permit approval from the DEP that would allow the pipeline to be built near waterways.

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