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Somerset County Freeholders Oppose Transco Pipeline

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Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire Credits: courtesy photo
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SOMERVILLE, NJ - County Freeholders here are taking action to oppose the proposed Transco pipeline.

The Freeholder board has ordered its attorney to file with the Federal Regulatory Commission to intervene in the pipeline plan filed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company.

In March, the company filed its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity application to build what it calls its Northeast Supply Enhancement Project.

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The project would allow Transco to provide an additional 400,000 dekatherms per day of incremental firm transportation service from its Compressor Station 195 in Pennsylvania to its offshore Rockaway Transfer Point in New York State. The proposed Compressor Station 206 will be located adjacent to the Trap Rock Quarry in Franklin Township (Somerset County).

“Our first responsibility is for the health and safety of Somerset County residents,” said Freeholder Mark Caliguire, open space liaison. “Quite frankly, we are not convinced the need for this facility outweighs those concerns, especially since it would be located in proximity to both residential and commercial buildings as well as preserved open space.

“We are not convinced that Transco can mitigate the substantial adverse environmental and societal impacts that the compressor station could create,” he said.

“By intervening in Transco’s application we are serving the public’s best interests,” said Freeholder Brian D. Levine, a former Franklin mayor. “This will give us a seat at the table so that we can keep abreast of the proceedings.”

The new, 32,000-horsepower compressor station near Transco’s mainline would consist of two Solar Mars 100 compressor units and gas cooling. Pending regulatory approval, Transco anticipates having the Somerset County station and related project components in Pennsylvania and New York State operational by the end of 2019.

The Freeholders’ resolution, approved at their meeting yesterday, authorizes county attorney William T. Cooper III “to take the necessary steps so that Somerset County can intervene and become a party to FERC regulatory matter.”

The Transco pipeline is owned by Oklahoma-based Williams Companies Inc.

 

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