Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc., is adopting two alternative routes for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) project to minimize environmental impact and allow for expansion of natural gas service in New Hampshire. Following a thorough evaluation of feasible route alternatives for the market path of the project from Wright, NY to Dracut, MA, the company planned to submit an amended resource report filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in December.
TGP plans to adopt both the New York Powerline Alternative and the New Hampshire Powerline Alternative, which will use existing utility corridors to lessen the environmental impact of the project. TGP said the proposed route change will enable the company to avoid and substantially minimize the crossing of certain Article 97 properties and areas of critical environmental concern in Massachusetts.
The revised route would include: 188 miles of new and co-located mainline pipeline facilities, including about 53 miles of pipeline generally co-located with TGP’s existing 200 Line and an existing power utility corridor in western New York near the proposed Market Path Mid Station No. 1; 64 miles of pipeline generally co-located with an existing power utility corridor in eastern Massachusetts; and 71 miles of pipeline generally co-located with an existing power utility corridor in southern New Hampshire, extending east to the proposed Dracut, MA, Market Path Tail Station.
Exclusive of laterals, the route would be adjacent to or co-located with existing rights-of-way for 90% of the mileage. TGP plans to host open houses in the project area to provide additional information and answer questions. The schedule will be filed with FERC and posted on the NED Project, www.kindermorgan.com.