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Pipeline project to expand expansion


May 4, 2011

Another pipeline expansion is approaching the region, with the recent filing of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) application to FERC for its certificate of public convenience and necessity to modify pipeline and compressor facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The Northeast Upgrade Project (NEUP) is a proposed expansion to TGP’s 300 Line, which is currently being expanded locally in Wayne and Pike counties. The project primarily consists of the construction of pipeline looping, which will run parallel to Tennessee’s existing 300 Line as well as modifications at existing compressor stations, including one in Lackawaxen Township.

Tennessee proposes to increase pipeline capacity to provide up to an additional 636,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas transportation service into northeast U.S. markets, to serve growing markets in the Northeast associated with development of the Marcellus Shale.

The project involves installing approximately 39.5 miles of five 30-inch pipeline loop segments in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as adding an additional 22,310 horsepower of compression at two existing compressor stations located in Pennsylvania (12,000 horsepower at the compressor station in Lackawaxen Township). The project would increase the current right of way temporarily to 125 feet in most sections, with a permanent 75-foot right of way.

As specified in its application, during the first half of 2011, TGP will begin discussing land acquisition with landowners as soon as specific plans are completed detailing the proposed impacts to each property. Land agents will discuss easement rights already held by TGP and any additional easement rights that may be needed. Any payments for such easement rights and compensation for other material losses will be negotiated at that time.

Landowners will also have the opportunity to discuss the specifics of the crossing on their property and identify areas of concern. If appropriate, minor modifications may be made at this time to address specific local conditions that were not previously identified.

All landowner concerns will be noted. Landowners will also be provided with the process to address any construction-related problems. The Project’s toll-free telephone number, 877/366-2650, will remain active throughout permitting, acquisition, construction and restoration processes.


What to know about NEUP

• WHO: TGP is a subsidiary of El Paso Corporation, which owns North America’s largest interstate natural gas pipeline system.

• WHAT: NEUP would provide increased capacity from TGP’s 300 Line in PA. Visit www.northeastupgradeproject.com to view a map or access links to FERC documents.

• WHERE: Locally, the expansion would affect Berlin and Palmyra townships in Wayne County and Milford and Westfall townships in Pike County.

• WHEN: The FERC certificate application was filed on March 31. Following FERC issuance of an Environmental Assessment (EA), a Notice of Availability will appear in the Federal Register. There will be a 30-day period to review and comment on the document. FERC will consider the findings of the EA and any comments received when it makes its decision about whether to approve or disapprove the project. If approved, construction is estimated to begin in April or May 2012. The project has a proposed in-service date of November 2013.

• FOR MORE: Information regarding general project, landowner and right of way topics is available at 877/366-2650. FERC can be reached at 866/208-3372 or www.ferc.gov. A Dispute Resolution Service Helpline is available at 877/337-2237 or by emailing ferc.adr@ferc.gov. Visit http://elibrary.ferc.gov/IDMWS/File_list.asp?document_id=13905510 for more. The project’s Docket Number is CP11-161.

This will only bring benefits

This will only bring benefits to the local communities so I am very supportive with the new project. I wonder if the engineers use the pipeline alignment sheets for creating the new infrastructure, this will make everything a lot easier. I was an engineer and I know how tough it must be to handle this kind of projects.

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