FERC will issue their schedule timeline for CP17-101 Northeast Supply Enhancement by the beginning of July. This hardens the dates for when the DEIS and EIS will be published and closes the window for the public to voice into the process. This makes the current time period critical because until July 1, FERC is reviewing comments on the application to gauge what type of response and scope they need to include for the DEIS. We have seen results from the submissions already sent reflected in further requests for data from FERC to Williams. Williams attempted to answer some of the additional requests in the June 1 and June 6 updates.
If more people submit motions to intervene using the ‘out of time’ comment, those submissions reinforce extending the scope and requirements from Williams. Additionally, people need to be calling their legislative representatives to demand that they be more actively engaged to protect the Raritan Bay and Central New Jersey from this impending significant poisoning of NJ environment that will be in place for decades to come.
State Legislative actions:
- Pass a resolution opposing CP17-101 Northeast Supply Enhancement.
- Assign liaison to work with the groups assessing the real risk and impact this project poses. email@example.com is the Steering Committee’s email address
- Submit comments individually opposing and raising the issues associated with the disruption of installation which directly impacts 14,156 acres offshore and 560* acres, as well as: additional tons of chemicals emitted from proposed CS206, added methane leaking from proposed CS206 and added capacity in sections where there are 50+ year old class 1 pipes still exist. * acreage impacted for CS206 has yet to be identified by Williams.
Resident actions (people can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have questions or need help):
- Sign up to FERC as an ‘out-of-time’ intervenor. Out of time simply means that the person is registering late, FERC has stated they will approve all people registering as intervenor. Person needs to clearly state they are opposed to this project, that this project significantly pollutes in NJ, adding greenhouse gasses and chemicals to NJ environment and extends the life of fossil fuels.
- Contact legislator representatives and tell them that you want them to do the above actions.
- Submit more FERC comments highlighting issues and demanding that air quality monitoring start now at the proposed CS206 site and water monitoring start now for the Raritan Bay.
With the added compression to the pipeline where there still exist sections that are class 1 (federal only requires class 1 safety, whereas NJ requires class 4, which is a higher safety) and 50+ years old in some areas, it increases the odds for leaks and explosions to occur. In an environment where Google and EDF in a joint project have already illustrated that our natural gas line is leaking throughout the northeast and where Damascus Citizens for Sustainability illustrated that natural gas compressors leak substantial amounts of Methane into the atmosphere, it is clear that this project poses to introduce significant amounts of more methane leaking, added chemicals to NJ and increased risks in an aging pipeline.
Steering Committee Resources:
2017-06-01 Williams supplemental information:
2017-06-06-Williams revised documents:
2017-03-27-Williams application for certificate (CP17-101) documents