NESE has new filings at the Federal & State levels, and our voices are needed again.
Williams/Transco now proposes to use (improve + extend) the access road from Route 518 to the EPA building on the Higgins Farm Superfund Site to get to the proposed Compressor Station 206.
FERC has opened up a new docket just for Williams/Transco’s January 31, 2020 “Application to Amend Certificate” to allow it to use & extend the Higgins Farm/EPA road to access the proposed Compressor Station 206. The FERC Docket Number for this specific proceeding is CP20-49. This is distinct from the FERC Docket for the overall NESE Project (FERC Docket Number CP17-101), which remains open/active.
Use this new docket number for the following actions:
- March 20, 2020 = deadline to submit comments to FERC on the proposed “environmental document” which FERC will produce
To view the Amendment application, go to:
January 21, 2020: new applications were submitted to NJDEP.
February 19, 2020 DEP Bulletin: public notification that the new applications are “administratively complete” as of 2/7/20.
- NJDEP has a portal (available here) on their website where they posted application materials (available here) & where there’s a form that can be used to submit comments online (available here). You can use that or send comments as attachments to NESEcomment@dep.nj.gov.
- 45 day comment period has been provided for these applications by the DEP. Thus, comments = need to be at DEP by April 3 (Friday).
There is hope!
On February 21, 2020, Williams/Transco stopped their investment in the Constitution Pipeline after 8+ years of legal battling. They noted that “greenfield” (new) projects have weaker risk-adjusted returns. For NESE, the proposed Compressor Station 206 + most of the Raritan Bay Loop are not within their right-of-way areas and, thus, are “greenfield” components.
What can you do?
Sign up to be an intervenor with FERC on the new Docket No. for NESE CP20-49 by Feb. 26, 2020.
Find your prior comments that were sent to NJDEP on prior versions of the permit applications, and send them anew since, for the most part, the issues still exist. Submit your comments here.
Sign the online petition(s) to NJDEP about denying these latest permit applications, giving more time for making comments, and holding fact-finding (public hearing) meetings. Sign our MoveOn petition to the NJDEP here.
FYI: This April 22 = the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.