FERC on northern N.J. pipeline project: Any adverse impact would be reduced to ‘less than significant’ levels

TRENTON – A federal agency today issued a report on a proposed pipeline expansion project in northern New Jersey that concludes any “adverse environmental impact” would be reduced by several factors.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental impact statement on the proposed expansion pipeline project that would include the counties of Hudson, Union, Bergen, and Morris stated that, “if the project is approved, constructed, and operated, the proposed facilities would result in some adverse environmental impacts.”

However, FERC’s report also stated that “these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels.”

FERC’s report references mitigation measures that would be undertaken by Texas Eastern Transmission and Algonquin Gas Transmission.

Such measures would include the project being collocated with existing pipeline, roads and other rights of way for about 65 percent of its route; the companies would use erosion control plans; and all necessary permits and surveys would be achieved, according to FERC’s statement.

The project, which includes Staten Island and Manhattan in New York as well as Middlesex County in Connecticut, would entail 20 new and replacement miles of pipeline; abandoning about 9 miles of old pipeline; as well as new metering stations and other infrastructure.

FERC on northern N.J. pipeline project: Any adverse impact would be reduced to ‘less than significant’ levels