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FERC Staff Issues Favorable FEIS for Transco's Rockaway and Northeast Projects

With certain mitigation measures, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line's Rockaway Delivery Lateral and Northeast Connector Projects can deliver gas to Brooklyn and Queens, NY, without harming the environment, according to a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) prepared by Commission staff [CP13-36-000 & CP13-132-000].

The projects would provide firm delivery lateral service of 647,000 Dth/d of natural gas to National Grid’s local distribution system in the two New York City boroughs. The proposed facilities would be located in Brooklyn and Queens counties, NY; York County, PA; and Mercer and Middlesex counties, NJ.

The projects include:

  • Approximately 3.2 miles of new 26-inch diameter pipeline to deliver natural gas from Transco’s existing Lower New York Bay Lateral in the Atlantic Ocean to an onshore tie-in with the National Grid system on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens;
  • An onshore meter and regulating facility to be built in Brooklyn;
  • Approximately 2.6 miles of the proposed pipeline would be constructed offshore on submerged lands owned by New York state;
  • About 0.6 mile of the pipeline would be built on federal lands, both onshore and offshore, within the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is administered by the National Park Service;
  • Less than 0.1 mile of the pipeline would be built on land owned by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority;
  • Adding an incremental 6,540 hp of compression at its existing Compressor Station 195 in York County, PA;
  • Adding an incremental 5,000 hp of compression at its existing Compressor Station 205 in Mercer County, NJ; and
  • Adding an incremental 5,400 hp of compression at its existing Compressor Station 207 in Middlesex County, NJ.

The FEIS still needs full Commission approval.

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