The fight against Compressor Station 206 and the pipeline in the Raritan Bay is not over! On the decision deadline date (10/25/19), Williams/Transco withdrew three applications and asked for a 30-day extension for a decision from the DEP on another application. The three withdrawn permit applications were submitted anew three days later (10/28/19).
YOUR COMMENTS ARE NEEDED!
We still need to make sure the NJDEP, Governor Murphy and our elected representatives know our concerns and why we believe that the applications still do not comply with New Jersey’s regulatory standards. We still need to tell them that we expect the permit applications for NESE to be denied within timelines.
- Send in separate comments for each topic or point.
- Once you enter your name, address and email, click the “Start Writing” button. Comment statements will then appear, along with a form to create and submit your letter.
- Start your letter with an introduction and then copy and paste selected points from the information provided on the attached comment ideas and points, or write your own individualized comments based on the information provided.
- Click the “Send Letter” button and your comment will be sent by email automatically to the NESE Project Managers at the NJDEP as well as the Commissioner of the NJDEP.
Comment Topics – Please submit a separate letter for each topic that concerns you by clicking on the comment buttons below.
6/12/19 Applications – Status – On the decision deadline date (10/25/19), Williams/Transco withdrew three applications and asked for a 30-day extension for a decision from the DEP on another application. The new date by which NJDEP must issue a decision about the Flood Hazard Area permit application is now 11/28/19. The three withdrawn permit applications were submitted anew three days later (10/28/19), and NJDEP found them to be “administratively complete” (10/30/19). We’re waiting to see what their technical review shows.
- Williams/Transco Withdrawal Letter with Request for Extension
- NJDEP Response to CSW and WFD Withdrawal
- NJDEP Response to FHA Extension Request
Williams/Transco still needs permits from NJDEP and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to receive FERC’s permission to begin construction.
- The earlier permit applications to NJDEP were withdrawn or rejected – 6/23 & 7/10/17 applications withdrawn on 6/15/18 > new applications submitted 6/20/18 > denied by NJDEP on 6/5/19 > new applications submitted on 6/12/19.
It has been over 3 years since the opposition to the NESE Project began, and there’s still hope that the NJDEP will do the right thing and reject the third set of applications from Williams/Transco for permits since they fail to meet State requirements for the permits.
- The June 12, 2019 applications to NJDEP still do not meet NJ regulations by showing a “compelling public need” for the NESE Project.
- They still include harms from construction of the pipeline to our surface water quality, marine life, and threatened & endangered species and their habitats.
- The proposed infiltration basin for the compressor station site still does not meet required regulations.
- Operations would guarantee decades of toxic air pollution from the compressor station.