FERC has issued a certificate to the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco) Regional Energy Access Expansion Project (REAE), but environmental groups are planning to oppose it. 


The project would expand natural gas capacity from the shale fields of Northeast Pennsylvania to other delivery points in the state, along with those in New Jersey and Maryland. Transco has argued that the project would enhance access to natural gas supply in the region by easing constraints caused by limited pipeline takeaway capacity.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized the project earlier this month, but the Commission stayed the certificate for 30 days to give impacted landowners time to file for a rehearing of the decision. 

FERC said in its approval that several...