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.