FERC has issued a favorable environmental assessment (EA) of Eastern Shore Natural Gas Co.’s (ESNG) proposal to expand its pipeline system to meet the needs of its customers in the growing Delmarva Peninsula market, which includes most of Delaware and portions of Maryland and Virginia.

“Approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment,” Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff said in the EA on the Greenspring Expansion Project.

The Dover, DE-based pipeline proposes to build approximately 11 miles of new pipeline from the end of its existing 16-inch diameter line in Smyrna, in New Castle County, DE, south to a new connection with ESNG’s existing facilities in Dover, in Kent County, DE. In addition, the project calls for the installation of two mainline valves and one pressure regulating station, according to the company.

ESNG has asked FERC to act on its application this fall so that the facilities can go into service in the spring of 2013 [CP12-461].

ESNG told the Commission that it has agreements with two local distribution companies and an electric generation plant operator to transport a total of 15,040 Dth/d of natural gas over the expansion facilities.

The company owns more than 370 miles of interstate pipeline in the Delmarva Peninsula.

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