(Williams’ 06/20/18 Statement) –In coordination with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Williams has taken the administrative procedural step of withdrawing and resubmitting its Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) application for our Northeast Supply Enhancement Project to provide the agency with sufficient time to complete its evaluation of potential water quality impacts.
The scope of the project has not changed. We have been working closely with NJDEP over the past year and believe this action will help ensure that the agency can continue its permit evaluation and provide the clearances necessary to construct this critical piece of energy delivery infrastructure.
The Northeast Supply Enhancement project is an enhancement of existing energy infrastructure located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Within the state of New Jersey, the existing Transco system includes more than 500 miles of underground pipelines and six compressor facilities already in service. The project enhancements allow the Transco system to transport additional gas supply to northeastern consumers through National Grid – the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern United States. National Grid estimates that with the added capacity provided by the project, natural gas could displace more than 3,000,000 gallons of heating oil, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 2.4 million tons per year.
We believe that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) issued March 23, 2018, positively reflects our efforts to collaborate with stakeholders to design this project in an environmentally responsible manner. The DEIS concluded that environmental impacts would be reduced to “less than significant levels” with the implementation of mitigation measures proposed by the company and FERC.