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Gas - Environment - Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) Staff of FERC issue Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Northeast (NE)-07 Project
Issued: June 9, 2006

FERC staff has prepared a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Northeast (NE)-07 Project which consists of natural gas pipeline and aboveground facilities in the States of New York, New, Jersey, and Connecticut proposed by these applicants:

    • Millennium Pipeline Project - Phase I, Millennium Pipeline L.L.C. (Millennium) (Docket Nos. CP98-150-006 et al.) and Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation (Columbia) (Docket Nos. CP98-151-003 et al.).

    • Line A-5 Replacement Project, Columbia (Docket No. CP05-19-000).

    • Empire Connector Project, Empire State Pipeline and Empire Pipeline, Inc. (Empire) (Docket Nos. CP06-5-000, CP06-6-000, and CP06-7-000).

    • Ramapo Expansion Project, Algonquin Gas Transmission System (Algonquin) (Docket No. CP06-76-000).

    • MarketAccess Project, Iroquois Gas Transmission System (Iroquois) (Docket No. CP02-31-002).

    The Millennium Pipeline Project - Phase I would include:

      • Changes to the Millennium Pipeline Project approved on September 19, 2002, to:

          • Reduce the diameter of the pipeline from 36 inches to 30 inches, and maximum allowable operating pressure from 1,440 to 1,200 pounds per square inch gauge.

          • Void the "Phase II" facilities between mileposts (MPs) 0.0 and 190.6 and MPs 376.6 and 424.

        • The construction and operation of:

            • 181.7 miles of 30-inch-diameter pipeline from Corning to Ramapo, NY from MP 190.6 to MP 376.6 and related facilities; and

            • A new compressor station in Corning, NY.

          Columbia would abandon related pipeline facilities either in place or by transfer to Millennium.

          Columbia's Line A-5 Replacement Project (Docket No. CP05-19-000) would be constructed by Millennium and Columbia has requested that it be considered with the Millennium Pipeline Project - Phase I facilities.

          Empire Connector Project would include construction and operation of:

            • About 78 miles of 24-inch-diameter pipeline and related facilities from Victor, NY, to interconnect with the Millennium Pipeline at Millennium's new Corning Compressor Station; and

            • A new compressor station in Oakfield, NY.

            Algonquin Ramapo Expansion Project would include construction and operation of:

              • 4.9 miles of pipeline replacing Algonquin's existing 26-inch-diameter mainline with a 42-inch-diameter pipeline and related facilities in NY.

              • Additional compression, gas coolers, and related facilities at existing compressor stations in Stony Point, NY, Southeast, NY, and Hanover, NJ.

              • A new compressor station in Oxford, CT.

              • Piping modifications at the Hudson River Valve Site Stony Point, NY.

              • A new M&R station (for deliveries to Iroquois) at Algonquin's existing meter station #251 in Brookfield, CT.

              Iroquois MarketAccess Project would modify Iroquois' certificate issued by the FERC on October 31, 2002, for a 10,000 hp compressor station at the Brookfield, CT site and would include construction and operation of:

              • A new 7,700 hp transfer compressor station and related facilities at the Brookfield, CT site (to receive gas from Algonquin).

              • New gas coolers at the existing compressor station in Dover, NY.

              FERC's environmental staff concludes that the NE-07 Project with appropriate mitigating measures, as recommended, would have limited adverse environmental impact.

              The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDA&M), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Palisades Interstate Parks Commission cooperated in the preparation of the draft supplemental EIS.

              FERC Commissioners will take into consideration staff's recommendations and the final supplemental EIS when they make a decision on the project.