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.


Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Receives Construction Approval from FERC

Transco’s Northeast Supply Enhancement project received approval for construction from FERC. The pipeline expansion project will carry natural gas from the shale fields of Pennsylvania to New York, and will expand on the company’s existing pipeline infrastructure in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The project will add approximately 36 miles of new pipeline and add two new natural gas compressors at exiting compressor stations. The NSE project will replace the use of 900 thousand barrels of heating oil annually in the region with 400,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas by converting about 8,000 customers per year from heating oil to natural gas in the Northeast.

By displacing oil with cleaner burning natural gas, the project would result in the reduction of a variety of air pollutants in the region and could result in lower greenhouse gas emissions overall, since natural gas emits less carbon dioxide than oil on a volume basis when burned.

“After carefully balancing the need for the project and its environmental impacts, I find the project is in the public interest,” Cheryl LaFleur, a Democratic appointee said in her remarks while approving the project’s certificate of construction.


Williams Partners 24-Mile Underwater Pipeline Permit Denied

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied a water quality permit for a 24-mile Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project from New Jersey to Queens. The pipeline project would expand the Transco pipeline and would allow National Grid to bring natural gas from Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields to the metropolitan region.

The pipeline was initially approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 3, but the environmental groups opposing the pipeline states that the pipeline will threaten marine life and extend the reliance on fossil fuels rather than renewable energy sources. Williams Partners, the pipeline developer said the project is crucial for meeting rising demand for natural gas in New York City and Long Island.

In denying the permit, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said the project “fails to meet New York State’s rigorous water quality standards” and “would cause impacts to habitats due to the disturbance of shellfish beds and other benthic resources.”

”Our team will be evaluating the issue and resubmitting the application quickly,” said Chris Stockton, a spokesman for Williams Partners. “We are confident that we can be responsive to this technical concern, meet our customer’s in-service date and avoid a moratorium that would have a devastating impact on the regional economy and environment.”


New Jersey DEP Denies Water Permit Application for PennEast Pipeline

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection denied a permit application by the PennEast Pipeline developer after the company did not resubmit documents needed to complete the application, the DEP said Thursday.

The approximately $1 billion, 120-mile natural gas project, which was approved by federal regulators last month, is designed to deliver natural gas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

The New Jersey DEP in June last year denied PennEast's request for an extension on the freshwater wetlands permit, saying the company was missing information on part of its application.

In a letter to the pipeline developer, the DEP said it may reapply for the permit.

A spokesperson for PennEast said the company plans to reapply but did not say when it would.

Although approved by FERC, the approximately $1 billion project must still satisfy several environmental conditions before construction can begin.

Opponents of the pipeline, such as the Sierra Club, plan to fight FERC's approval.

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Conservation Group Sues FERC Over Alleged Unconstitutional Granting of NatGas Pipeline Certificates

The New Jersey Conservation Foundation filed a lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) arguing that the agency is unlawfully allowing companies to seize private property through eminent domain for pipeline construction.

The lawsuit involves the $1 billion, 120-mile PennEast pipeline, a natural gas pipeline project that runs from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and crosses the Delaware River.

The PennEast project has faced numerous delays and standoffs with opponents, which in turn have prevented the pipeline developer from submitting all the information it needs to obtain important permits from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Opponents of the project argue that FERC would be acting unconstitutionally to take away land from landowners, organizations, and local governments for the PennEast route because the project is unneeded and therefore would not be for public use.

PennEast claims the project is needed to provide gas to a region where demand is outstripping supplies. It would help save costs and create thousands of jobs.

PennEast is still awaiting final approval from FERC to obtain access to properties.

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New Jersey Officials Close Application for PennEast Pipeline Due to Deficiencies

Proposed route overview of PennEast pipeline (PennEast Pipeline)

New Jersey officials closed an application for the PennEast natural gas pipeline, causing an approval delay for the 120-mile project.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said PennEast's request for a 60-day extension on a freshwater permit application was denied, noting that the company showed a "lack of demonstrated progress" on part of its application.

A PennEast spokesperson, however, said the decision does not come as a surprise as the company was expecting there to be pending federal approval this summer.

Environmental groups against the pipeline cheered at the department's decision, saying it is a successful setback to pipeline development.

Opponents of PennEast argue the line could threaten water supply, animals and habitats, and scar the land.

PennEast is also still awaiting approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on whether the project is needed.

If constructed, the pipeline would begin in Dallas, Pennsylvania and end near Pennington, New Jersey.

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PennEast Pipeline Takes Major Step Toward FERC Approval

The 120-mile PennEast pipeline that would move natural gas from Pennsylvania to New Jersey cleared a major regulatory hurdle Friday, taking it one step closer to FERC approval.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Friday submitted its final environmental impact statement for the $1 billion pipeline project, concluding that the line would have less-than-significant levels of environmental impact so long as PennEast implements its planned mitigation measures as well as those suggested by FERC.

The project must still undergo review for stream-crossing permits in New Jersey. Water permits in Pennsylvania have already been approved.

“Federal regulators have once again determined that PennEast Pipeline can deliver enormous benefits for the region, including lower electric and gas bills, thousands of jobs, enhanced reliability, and direct access to one of the most abundant and affordable supplies of clean-burning natural gas in all of North America — while doing so with little impact on the environment,” said PennEast’s board chair, Dat Tran, in a statement.

Pending regulatory approvals, construction on PennEast should begin in 2018 according to PennEast Pipeline Company’s timeline.

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New Jersey's Largest Utility Seeks to Sell Stake in PennEast Pipeline

PSEG, New Jersey's largest utility, is looking to sell its stake in the PennEast pipeline that would move natural gas from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

The utility, which owns a 10 percent stake in the pipeline, intends to remain a customer of the PennEast in order to bring Marcellus Shale natural gas to its customers but wants to focus more of its business toward power plant operation.

The 120-mile, $1.2 billion PennEast pipeline is currently waiting for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. PennEast Pipeline Company estimates that the pipeline will be operational in 2018.

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New Jersey Environmental Commission Approves Controversial NatGas Pipeline

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission on Friday approved a controversial pipeline project by South Jersey Gas to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve.

The highly anticipated vote sparked large upheaval as environmentalists and pipeline supporters clashed during the hearing when the 15-member commission voted 9 in favor for the pipeline.

Environmentalists have been vigorously fighting the 22-mile pipeline project saying it would harm the fragile Pinelands and potentially cause a loss of habitat as well as increase runoff and erosion in an area that holds some of the country's purest water.

South Jersey Gas says the pipeline would run alongside or under existing roads and that there are already 1,400 miles of gas mains and 133 miles of elevated pressure lines within the Pinelands that it safely operates without harming the environment.

The company also said the vote shows the energy challenges facing New Jersey and that the pipeline will offer a balanced solution to those challenges by addressing the energy demands of 142,000 customers as well as create and protect jobs.

Opponents of the pipeline told the commission after the vote that they would challenge the decision in court.


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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Hearing Underway for Controversial New Jersey Natural Gas Pipeline

Proposed pipeline route for South Jersey Gas' natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands ( 6ABC )

Proposed pipeline route for South Jersey Gas' natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands (6ABC)

A public hearing on a controversial proposal to construct a natural gas pipeline through New Jersey's federally protected Pinelands is underway as supporters and opponents clash over topics such as securing jobs and protecting the environment.

The proposed pipeline by South Jersey Gas would supply a power plant in Cape May County that is switching from coal to natural gas.

In 2014 the plan was rejected by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission but then unilaterally approved by the commission's executive director. However, opponents of the project were able to get a court to order a new vote on the project, which is expected next month.

According to reports, the proposed pipeline has been the biggest jobs-versus-environment clash in recent New Jersey history. Its fate is being closely watched by environmentalists and other opponents especially now that energy-supporter President Trump has taken office.

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New Jersey Appeals Court Calls for Pipeline Plan Do-Over

An appeals court of New Jersey returned an approved plan for a natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands National Reserve to the state Pinelands Commission saying the review for the plan needed to be redone.

According to the appeals court, the executive director of the Pinelands Commission did not have the authority to determine that the plan for a pipeline by South Jersey Gas complied with the commissions rules for construction.

The 2015 decision for the pipeline plan was contested by environmental groups in the state.

The Pinelands Commission will need to once again review the application from South Jersey Gas for the natural gas pipeline and decide if it does comply with the Pineland management rules.


PennEast Announces Route Modifications to Reduce Environmental Impact

PennEast Pipeline Company on Friday filed seven route modifications located in New Jersey to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as part of its effort to comply with public input that addressed environmental concerns.

The route deviations for the PennEast pipeline were made to minimize potential impacts on wildlife and wetlands and minimize other potential environmental damage through way of co-location with existing electric transmission lines.

The company wrote in a statement Friday that the deviations adhere to stakeholder input and “do not materially affect the route since the changes occur either within the original survey corridor or do not impact any new landowners.”

FERC wrote in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) relating to the PennEast project that the pipeline’s construction “would be reduced to less-than-significant levels” and that no other pipeline could reach the same capacity needs that the PennEast is designed to meet.

The PennEast pipeline is a 118-mile natural gas pipeline that would run through Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has a capacity of 1 billion cubic feet per day. Its estimated completion date is November 2017.

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FERC Sets Public Hearing Dates for Transco Pipeline Expansion

The Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) will hold two hearings in New Jersey this month to discuss with the public Williams’ Transco natural gas pipeline expansion project.

The sessions, which will be on September 7 and September 15, are to give the public ample time to ask questions and give comments about the project that will bring more natural gas to the New England area by way of roughly 25 more miles of pipeline and a new compressor station.

The sessions are also meant to identify issues that need to be addressed in the project’s Environmental Impact Statement.

FERC expects a large number of residents to attend the hearings.

The Transco pipeline transports natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico to New York City and is now proposed to expand in order to bring natural gas to customers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island.

Construction for the Transco pipeline expansion is tentatively set for the summer of 2018.

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