An environmental aassessment of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion in northern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has found that no significant impact can be expected.


An environmental aassessment of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion in northern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has found that no significant impact can be expected.
The study was performed by staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which must make a determination of the application. Known as the 300 Line Project, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company is planning a major upgrade to distribute more volume from anticipated Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
The pipeline extends through Wayne and Pike counties.
The 300 Line Project involves the installation of seven looping segments in Pennsylvania and New Jersey totaling approximately 128 miles of 30-inch pipeline, and the addition of approximately 55,000 horsepower following the installation of two new compressor stations and upgrades at seven existing compressor stations. The new stations will be built in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Ninety nine percent of the expansion follows existing right of way, with new, parallel lopped pipeline. The new segment is connected with the existing pipeline at both ends and allows more gas to be moved. About 127.4 miles of new 30-inch diameter pipeline loop is planned. The 17.8 mile section proposed in Wayne County is referred to as Loop 321.
Tennessee filed their application with FERC in July 2009 and hopes to start construction in the second half of 2010. The plan is to begin service by November 2011.
The Environmental Assessment sought to identify potential impacts on the natural and human environment, assess reasonable alternatives to avoid or minimize environmental impact, and recommend specific mitigation measures, if needed.
The Environmental Assessment may be viewed at www.ferc.gov using the eLibrary link.
A 30 day public comment period associated wit the environmental assessment is underway through March 29, 2010. Please reference the Project docket number (CP09-444-000) with your submission. Written comments may be sent to Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC  20426.
See www.ferc.gov for more information on filing comments.