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Middlesex County Freeholders Decide to Intervene on Williams/Transo Gas Compressor Station

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – In response to calls from concerned citizens and environmental activists, the Middlesex County Freeholders recently announced they will file a motion to intervene on the controversial gas compressor station 206, which is proposed to be constructed in Franklin Township.

"I have instructed the county counsel to proceed with the appropriate intervenor filing prior to April 27, 2017, deadline," Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said in a letter to Food and Water Watch Organizer Junior Romero. 

Williams/Transco filed their formal application on March 27. Once complete, the project will help meet the growing natural gas demand in the Northeast, including the 1.8 million customers served by National Grid in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. 

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If the project is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Northeast Supply Enhancement project will consist of approximately 10 miles of 42-inch pipeline looping facilities in Pennsylvania, three miles of onshore 26-inch looping facilities in New Jersey, 23 miles of offshore 26-inch looping facilities, the addition of 21,902 horsepower at an existing compressor station in Pennsylvania; a new gas powered 32,000 horsepower compressor station in Franklin, N.J.; and related appurtenant facilities, which would include two 50-foot smokestacks. 

On April 20, members from Franklin Township and surrounding areas accompanied by representatives from Raritan Valley Group Sierra ClubFood & Water Watch, and ReThink Energy New Jersey asked the board to intervene and oppose the gas compressor station before the deadline to do so. 

“This is exactly the kind of action the Freeholders should take to protect the health and safety of county residents,” Junior Romero, organizer with Food & Water Watch said in a statement. “It shows they are listening to our concerns about this dirty energy project. What we need next is their opposition to this pipeline, which poses direct threats to local air and water, and represents an awful investment in the dirty energy of the past over the clean energy of the future.”

The deadline to file for someone to show opposition or support for gas compressor station 206 is April 27 at 5 p.m.

An intervenor is a stakeholder, such as a resident, organization, or government entity that can have their concerns/comments heard by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

An intervenor's comments receive elevated attention in FERC's decision-making process and final decision, and intervenor comments must be addressed in FERC's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and decisions.

Local government officials from Franklin Township, Montgomery, and South Brunswick have filed as intervenors and expressed opposition to the construction and operation of station 206 in recent months.

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