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Brief -- Dominion

Lawmakers in Montgomery County, NY, have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to prepare a full environmental impact statement for Dominion's New Market pipeline expansion project, instead of the less stringent environmental assessment (EA) that is due from FERC on Tuesday (Oct. 20). The legislature said it was concerned that the project would result in emissions from the Brookman Corners compression station in Minden, NY. It also asked for a comprehensive safety analysis and an independent analysis of air dispersion at the site. The project has been in FERC's hopper since June 2014, when Dominion first sought approval (see Daily GPIJune 3, 2014). It would provide 112,000 Dth/d of firm transportation service, with more than 33,000 hp added to Dominion Transmission's existing system and improve access for National Grid subsidiaries Niagara Mohawk and Brooklyn Union. Dominion originally asked for FERC approval by April 2015 to allow the project to begin service in November 2016. Assuming the EA is issued Oct. 20, the 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline for the project would be Jan. 18, 2016, according to FERC. 

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