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Williams announces application date for North East Supply Enhancement project.

The meeting minutes of a Bi-Weekly Conference call dated 01/12/2017 between FERC staff and Transco, states that Transco plans to file its formal application with FERC on March 27, 2017. Filing of a formal application would essentially advance the project to the next phase. NJSEC and other community organizations and both South Brunswick and Franklin townships are actively involved in opposing the project in general and proposed compressor station in particular.

CJSEC raises concerns about draft Resource Report.

Did you know that the Williams Transco filing for the Gas Pipe Line (FERC Docket No. PF16-50) as part of the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project has not slowed down at all. This is despite the Company not providing any substantial or worthwhile responses to the Public to the Scoping Meeting questions or the formal requests by both Franklin and South Brunswick Townships. This appears to be a tactical strategy the Williams Transco is imposing on all of us. The Company is purposely not being transparent and not providing details, but continues to submit lengthy, vague and general reports and information to satisfy FERC’s filing / application process. These deliberate actions will prevent the public and impacted communities from fully understanding and adequately addressing and verifying the information Williams Transco provides in a timely manner to FERC. The Resources Report submitted by William Transco is a perfect example of their tactics.  This report is incomplete and does not address ANY of the significant issues raised to date.  The Williams Transco actions are very clear since they have not really engaged any of the local townships.  FERC should hold the company accountable and to a higher standard. 
Our environmental team prepared a detailed response, demonstrating how inadequate Williams response was, citing each query and corresponding response from Williams.

Click here to view the response submitted by CJSE team on 1/22/17. A copy of this report has been submitted to FERC as an online comment on the docket.

South Brunswick task force and Franklin citizen group formed to coordinate efforts with the respective townships.

The South Brunswick Township Council adopted a unanimous resolution on December 13, 2016, forming the Williams/Transco Compressor Station Task Force. The Council has been a staunch opponent of Compressor Station 206 since shortly after the project was announced.  The Council passed a resolution on July 27, 2016, voicing strong opposition.

The12/13/16, resolution states the Task Force “shall study all aspects of the Williams application for a compressor station (Facility #206) for connection to the Transco Pipeline on a portion of the Track Rock Quarry property…..”.  The Task Force will provide reports to the Council on progress and recommendations to protect the health, safety and welfare of South Brunswick residents.  A copy of the resolution can be found here


The Task Force members are:

  • Joseph Camarota, Jo Hochman – Council members
  • Gerry Laurizio, Environmental Commission
  • Brian Fusco – Water Department
  • Alan Laird – Fire Marshall
  • James Stoddard – Deputy Police Chief and Office of Emergency Management
  • Kevin Corcoran, Barry Kutch - Central Jersey Safe Energy Coalition.
  • Jeff Howell,David Boyd, Elizabeth Roedell, Guarav Tyagi – Township residents
South Brunswick township council calls out FERC on excluding them on decision making process.

On January 11th 2017, South Brunswick Township sent a letter to the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, stating that South Brunswick has been left out of the process of the construction of a Transco pipeline compressor station on the Franklin/South Brunswick border.

"We, as a Township neighboring the proposed site, have been excluded from the FERC process," South Brunswick Township spokesman Ron Schmalz told Patch.com, the township online newspaper. "The Mayor and Council very much would like a voice in the decision-making process because of the proximity of the proposed location to the residents of South Brunswick Township."
 
A Copy of the letter can be found here.

Save the date.

 Franklin Township & Franklin Board of Education sponsor a forum on dangers of the Compressor Station.

Date:    Monday, Febryary, 27
Time:     7 pm to 10 pm
Location:  Sampson G. Smith School – 1649 Amwell Road,
                    Somerset, NJ 08873


Please Spread the word: Encourage friends and neighbors to attend to

  • learn about the dangers of compressor stations and expansion of the fossil fuel industry
  • get updates about the NESE project and FERC timelines
  • be guided to navigate the FERC website to submit comments, review updates and become an intervener
  • Network with local and larger groups to strengthen our efforts.

Groups participating in and supporting the forum include Central Jersey Safe Energy Coalition, Residents Against Compressor Station 206, NJ League of Conservation Voters, ReThink Energy NJ, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Food & Water Watch and NJ Sierra Club.  Local, State and Federal elected officials have been invited.  Please contact the Franklin Township Task Force with questions and for electronic or hard copies of flyers to distribute at stopftcompressor@yahoo.com.

Summary of recent activities on Docket.

There has been lot of developments on the project in the past one month. Below is the summary of activities on the docket.
 
William’s Transco submitted draft Resource Report on Nov 22nd, 2016 for public comments. Applicants (Transco in our case) using the pre-filing process typically submit draft resource reports prior to filing an application. These resource reports are supposed to enable FERC to efficiently review the “application and conduct the environmental review process”. 

In its extensive comments on the draft Resource Reports NJDEP has pointed out several NJDEP permits and approvals that may be required for completion of the NESE project including freshwater, wetlands, flood hazard area


The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (PADEP)  has also indicated that with respect to the Quarryville loop portion of the NESE project, Transco may have to apply for several permits include Water quality permit.South Brunswick township, Central Jersey Safe Energy Coalition amongst other have also commented on Transco’s draft resource report mostly on it’s inadequacy in addressing the concerns of the communities affected by the project or it’s components.
 


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