Iroquois Extension Could Replace Millennium
Daniel Adamson, FERC director of the Office of Energy Projects,
fired off a letter of rejection to Millennium Pipeline earlier this
month, regarding an amendment application for a proposed route
change along the highly controversial power transmission right of
way in Westchester County, NY. He also told Millennium officials to
consider substituting a proposed extension of the Iroquois Gas
Transmission system for the Millennium project.
New York regulators forced Millennium to change the route along Consolidated
Edison's six 345 kV high voltage transmission lines because of safety concerns
(see NGI, May 15, April
24, March 27 and March
13). Millennium filed the amendment April 9. Adamson, however, told Millennium's
David Pentzien the amendment application was woefully inadequate because it
was missing numerous environmental details and a discussion of the impact
on the cost of developing the project. He said the filing lacked significant
data and environmental analysis, including impact on endangered species, detailed
discussion of the impact on habitat at certain river crossings, or specific
information about pipeline locations in relation to established right of way.
"Your amendment application filed in Docket No. CP98-150-001
seeking authorization to construct the Millennium Pipeline is
deficient," Adamson said. "Our review shows that Millennium
Pipeline Company (Millennium) failed to include the minimum
required environmental information needed for the Commission staff
to begin processing of a complete application... Therefore the
amendment application.....is rejected without prejudice to
Millennium refiling a complete application."
Adamson also ordered Millennium officials to submit a discussion
of Iroquois Gas Transmission's Eastchester Project as a possible
alternative to the entire Millennium project or for the portion of
Millennium in Westchester County. Iroquois filed an application for
the project last month. The $170 million, 30-mile extension would
help meet gas demand in New York City. It would run from Iroquois'
mainline in Northport, Long Island 27 miles beneath Long Island
Sound to a connection with ConEd's gas lines in the Bronx. It also
would involve building several new compressor stations and adding
compression at existing stations. If approved, the Eastchester
Extension project will start service in 2002. It initially would
deliver about 220 MMcf/d of gas compared to Millennium's proposed
714 MMcf/d. It also would be significantly cheaper to build than
the $650 million, 442-mile Millennium project.
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