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.


Nuns File Lawsuit Against Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project on Religious Grounds

An order of nuns is fighting to stop the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline from being built through their cornfield in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on the grounds that it violates their religious freedom.

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ say the pipeline construction on their lands would also infringe on their duty to preserve the earth.

A lower court last year dismissed the nun's lawsuit because of insufficient evidence that the pipeline would infringe on the nuns' religious beliefs.

Both FERC and the pipeline developer said the lawsuit has no weight because the nuns did not bring their religious freedom argument to the federal agency in the first place.

Lawyer Elizabeth Witmer for Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company told the panel of appeals judges that the nuns "had the opportunity to present a defense, but they chose not to."

The Atlantic Sunrise project, which is more than 20 percent complete, is an expansion of Williams’ Transco transmission system and is designed to move 1.7 million cubic feet of natural gas a day from the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania to southern states.

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