On January 23, 2017 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Notice of Revised Schedule for Environmental Review of the PennEast Pipeline Project. This can be accessed directed on the FERC docket, here.
On October 17, 2016, PennEast Pipeline Company hereby files with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) an independent analysis and rebuttal prepared by Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc. in response to a filing submitted by the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel. This can be accessed directly on the FERC website, here.
Since its February 22, 2016 route deviation filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC has studied an additional 33 minor alternatives (or “deviations”) to the proposed PennEast Pipeline Project route. These were filed with the FERC on September 23, 2016. This can be accessed directly on the FERC docket, here.
On July 22, 2016, the FERC issued the Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the PennEast Pipeline Company. This can be accessed directly on the FERC docket, here.
On July 22, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the Draft Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statement for PennEast Pipeline Company. This can be accessed directly on the FERC docket, here.
On April 14, 2016, PennEast Pipeline Company hereby files with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) an independent analysis and rebuttal prepared by Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc. in response to a filing submitted by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. This can be accessed directly on the FERC website, here.
On March 31, 2016, PennEast Pipeline Company submits its second supplemental response to the FERC November 24, 2015 Data Request. This can be can be accessed directly on the FERC website, here.
On March 24, 2016, PennEast Pipeline Company submits its first supplemental response to the November 24, 2015 Environmental Information Request. It can be accessed directly on the FERC docket, here. PennEast also submits its second supplemental response to the February 10, 2016 Environmental Information Request. It can be accessed directly on the FERC docket, here.
On March 14, 2016, PennEast Pipeline Company submits responses to recent comments. This can be found on the FERC docket, which can be accessed directly on the website, here.
On February 22, 2016, PennEast Pipeline Company submits responses to the Environmental Information Request issued by the FERC on February 10, 2016. This can be found on the FERC docket, which can be accessed directly on the FERC website, here.
On December 14, 2015, PennEast Pipeline Company submits additional information for its responses to the November 24, 2015 data request. This can be found on the FERC docket, which can be accessed directly on the FERC website, here.
On September 24, 2015, PennEast Pipeline Company filed its formal application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Known as a “7(c) Application,” this filing comes nearly one year after PennEast voluntarily engaged in the FERC pre-filing period to obtain input from landowners, public officials, regulators and others about the proposed route. After implementing dozens of reroutes to best minimize community and environmental impacts, a proposed route was selected and submitted with the Application. Below are the various links to the public filing on the FERC docket, which also can be accessed directly on the FERC website, here.
Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity – 7(c) Filing Documents
Resource Report 1 – General Project Description FERC Environmental Checklist
This Report outlines the purpose and need of the Project, as well as a description of the facilities, project timelines, land requirements, construction methods, operating methods, required permits and agency consultations. In the case of PennEast, the purpose and need clearly outlines the demand for the Project by describing both the contracts that have been executed and the market conditions that generated the demand. This Report contains a lot of detail in its related appendices, most of which are in the form of detailed maps. Some information in this Report is unavailable to the public due to confidentiality and domestic security.
Resource Report 2 – Water Use and Quality
This Report is a catalog of all rivers, streams, creeks and wetlands crossed by the Project, as well as any water supplies (public and private) located in the vicinity of the Project. The Report describes construction and operations methods that will be used to prevent adverse impacts to water resources. It also includes information on water use requirements for hydrostatic testing.
Resource Report 3 – Fisheries, Vegetation, and Wildlife
This Report is a catalog of aquatic life, wildlife and vegetation in the vicinity of the Project and includes those that are threatened or endangered. Potential impacts from the Project and measures planned to avoid negative impact to the resources are described in detail.
Resource Report 4 – Cultural Resources
Cultural resources are defined by FERC as districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture and archaeology. This Report contains information on the process to be used in surveying for cultural resources, as well as results from the cultural resource surveys. In addition to a general description of the areas crossed by the Project, detailed correspondence from State Historic Preservation offices and nationally recognized Native American Tribes, are included, along with detail on artifacts and other resources found and characterized during the survey process.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7
Resource Report 5 – Socioeconomics
This Report is largely a characterization of the demographics of the regions crossed by the Project with detail about how the Project might impact those regions. For example, information on housing and land values are provided as a baseline and the projected impact to these is described. Economic benefits of the project, as well as required incremental expenditures, also are described.
Resource Report 6 – Geological Resources
This Report describes the underlying geography where the Project is proposed to be constructed. In addition to mineral resources, the Report contains a description of geological hazards, such as seismic, soil liquefaction and subsidence. In the case of PennEast, this Report will contain detailed information on seismic risk, geophysical surveys for karst formations and sinkhole risk.
Resource Report 7 – Soils
This Report is a detailed catalog of soil conditions in which the Project is proposed to be constructed. It contains information on farmland and detailed plans to control erosion and sedimentation resulting from construction and operation of the Project.
Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation, and Aesthetics
This Report includes information on land required for construction and operation of the Project. It also includes a detailed description of current land use, as well as projected impacts and plans to lessen adverse impacts, including preservation of existing land use.
Resource Report 9 – Air and Noise Quality
This Report describes various emission types and emissions that will be associated with the Project from construction (vehicles, dust, etc.) and operations (line heaters and a compressor station). The Report also describes the baseline for noise and how the Project will impact that baseline. Specific mitigation measures to address air emissions and noise are incorporated into the Project and described in detail.
Resource Report 10 – Alternatives
This Report describes the alternatives considered for the Project, including alternative energy sources and route options. A summary table associated with each of the route alternatives is included to show side-by-side a quantitative comparison of project impacts. Also included in this Report is a detailed analysis on all route variations considered by segment.
Resource Report 11 – Reliability and Safety
This Report describes how the Project’s facilities are being designed, and will be constructed, operated, and maintained to minimize potential hazard to the public, along with information regarding safety measures planned as part of the Project.
Resource Report 12 – PCB Contamination
This Report is used for projects that involve the replacement or abandonment of facilities that may have PCBs. Since PennEast does not, this Report is very short.
- Appendix A – USGS Topographic Maps
- Appendix C – Aerial Alignment Sheets
- Part 1
- Part 4 – Mainline
- Part 5 – Laterals
- Part 6 – Residential Site
- Part 7 – Waterbody Site
- Part 8 – Access Roads
- Part 9 – Appalachian Trail Pipeyards
- Part 10 – HDD Plan and Profile
- Part 11 – Mainline Valve Details
- Appendix D – USFWS Wetland Inventory Maps
- Appendix E – Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan (E&SCP)
- Appendix G – Agency and Stakeholder Correspondence
- Appendix H – Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan and Unanticipated Discovery of Contaminated Soils Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
- Appendix I – Wetland Delineation Reports
- Appendix K – Unanticipated Discoveries Plan
- Appendix L – Air and Noise Appendices
- Appendix M – Economic Impact Report and Analysis
- Appendix N – Energy Market Savings Report and Analysis
- Appendix O – Geotechnical and Soils Overview Reports
- Appendix P – Reroute Analysis Tables and Figures
- Appendix Q – Agricultural Impact Minimization Plan
- Appendix R – Reply Comments of Concentric Energy