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Williams/Transco Provides Incomplete and Misleading Information to the Public about The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project & the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Does Not Allow Enough Time to Review Important Documents

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Williams/Transco does not always provide information when it is requested, and they mislead the public who may not be aware of the details that are relevant to understanding this project.  For example, representatives of Williams were often asked at public meetings to name one of their facilities with the same compressor unit so that people could learn more about the proposal, and they did not provide that information.  Research shows that Williams/Transco already operates Solar Mars 100 compressor stations, like the one they propose to build as Compressor Station 206 in Franklin Township, in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and North Carolina. 

Another example is in their Application:  The only mention of the two 50-foot smokestacks that are part of the planned Compressor Station 206 is in one table and not in any of the descriptions of the CS206 facility except in a section called “Dispersion Modeling Analysis” and as a note that the sound from these was considered in a noise study.  The first representation of these two stacks seen was in the picture on the NJTV News (4/25/17) broadcast. 

Though FERC specifically asked Williams/Transco for descriptions and maps of all jurisdictional facilities (which include the smokestacks and a planned communication tower at Compressor Station 206), a review of the references noted in the Application to show that this was done do not include descriptions, dimensions or locations on maps.  Actually, the siting of Compressor Station 206 on the plot has not been finalized, and the maps throughout the Application are not consistent for this facility.

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Misleading the public was also apparent in an interview and report on NJTV News (4/25/17) where it was noted that the company [Williams] says that the station [Compressor Station 206] itself takes up only about six acres of the land.  This is not true according to the information provided by Williams/Transco in their Application (3/27/17) where they report that 14.54 acres will be disturbed during construction of Compressor Station 206, and 8.92 acres will permanently be used for this facility.  Additionally, a new 3,284 x 108-foot new access road will use 7.81 acres.  Thus the land used for this would not be "only about six acres of land" as was reported by Williams to NJTV.  During operations, it would be 16.73 acres for the compressor station and access road.

The public as well as State and local agencies were given only thirty (30) days by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to review many thousands of pages pertaining to nearly 14 miles of onshore pipeline in NJ and PA, over 23 miles of pipeline under Raritan Bay, and nearly 54,000 horsepower at two compressor stations (adding to one in PA and building a new one in NJ) in the Application for the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project.  This Application did not include complete data, information or analyses that are needed for FERC to consider the proposal with integrity or for State agencies, like the NJ & PA Departments of Environmental Protection, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and others to have the information they need to consider any permit applications for things like air quality, water use and stormwater management, pollutant discharge and storage, protection of endangered species, and coastal zone management.  For a list of the missing information from the Application as well as information that Williams/Transco noted would be provided in the second quarter of 2017, please see the attached link.

The public and elected/appointed officials should demand that Williams/Transco provide publically accessible data and studies to thoroughly detail all aspects of the proposed Compressor Station 206 and prove their assertions that they can build this project with minimal impact on the environment.  Missing data in the Application deny the public of the opportunity to understand those assertions.  Additionally, FERC should be required to give much more time for the public and elected/appointed officials to review the supplemental filings that Williams/Transco noted would be provided from May to June/July 2017 that supposedly would provide some of the information that was not in the Application.

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