US FERC releases favorable environmental review for PennEast Pipeline, S&P Global Platts ($)

Author Maya Weber • 04 Aug 2020 | 18:41 UTC • Washington

Washington — In a step forward for the stalled PennEast Pipeline project, staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has found the developers’ new plan to divide the project into two phases would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the environment.

The roughly 118-mile, 1.1 Bcf/d natural gas pipeline project, originally intended to link Marcellus Shale dry gas production with markets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, has faced regulatory hurdles in New Jersey, and an appeals court ruling thwarting its ability to condemn lands in which the state held an interest.

To help the project advance in spite of those obstacles, PennEast proposed to amend the authorization and begin with a first phase, a 68-mile segment in Pennsylvania with the capacity to carry 695,000 Dt/d. A second phase segment, mostly in New Jersey, would enable the full capacity. MORE>>