Maritimes & Northeast Receives Certificate
Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline (M&NE) has received a
certificate for the last segment of an 800-mile system designed to
carry up to 530 MMcf/d of natural gas from Sable Island offshore
Nova Scotia into New England and the U.S. Northeast.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission put a final stamp of
approval on Phase II of the project, a 200 mile stretch of 24-inch
and 30-inch pipe paralleling the Maine coast from the southern end
of the state to Woodland on the Canadian border, voting
notationally July 31 to adopt the final environmental impact
statement (FEIS). That statement reversed an earlier draft
environmental impact statement (DEIS) which had called for a
"Northern Alternate," a 40 mile route change through Richmond and
Pittstown, ME. However, with further study and new information the
Commission determined that alternate, promoted as environmentally
superior would, in fact, "disturb more area, require more tree
clearing and blasting (and subsequent disposal of rock), would
cross more streams and waterfowl and wading bird habitat, and would
be within 50 feet of more residences."
An in-service date is projected for November 1999. The pipeline
had received preliminary approval covering all but the
environmental aspects in July 1997 (See NGI, Sept. 29, 1997)
Combined with the Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS),
with which M&NE will share some of its pipe, the new supply
route could bring as much as 650 MMcf/d to northeastern markets.
PNGTS is expected to start deliveries this November with gas from
western Canada delivered through a connection with TransCanada
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