(BLOG POST) — Williams’ Northeast Supply Enhancement project reached a major milestone March 23, 2018, when it received notice that that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), concluding that environmental impacts would be reduced to “less than significant levels” with the implementation of mitigation measures proposed by the company and FERC.
The Northeast Supply Enhancement project will provide additional gas supply to 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 the equivalent of 3,005,797 gallons of heating oil, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 2.4 million tons per year.
“This draft Environmental Impact Statement is a significant milestone for the project,” said Project Manager Steve Kellogg. “Since this proposal was first introduced in 2016, we have worked diligently to identify potential environmental issues or concerns, incorporating adjustments to the project design to avoid or minimize impacts. We believe that the draft EIS positively reflects our efforts to collaborate with stakeholders to design this project in an environmentally responsible manner.”
The draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. The FERC is the primary approval agency and serves in a coordinating role with other relevant federal and state agencies.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the City of New York participated as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the draft EIS.
Public comments on the draft EIS must be received by the FERC before May 14, 2018.
In lieu of sending written or electronic comments, FERC will host public comment sessions in the project area to receive comments on the draft EIS, scheduled as follows:
- April 25, 2018, 5-9 p.m., George Bush Senior Center 1 Old Bridge Plaza Old Bridge, NJ 08857
- April 26, 2018, 5-9 p.m., Best Western Gregory Hotel 8315 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209
- May 2, 2018, 5-9 p.m., Franklin Township Community Center 505 Demott Lane Somerset, NJ 08873
- May 3, 5-9 p.m., Solanco High School 585 Solanco Road Quarryville, PA 17566