The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has announced a second delay in its schedule for reviewing the proposed PennEast pipeline. The date for issuance of the final environmental impact statement was postponed to February 17, 2017 from December 16, 2016.
FERC also sent the company a substantial request for 46 sets of new data and demanded 34 corrections to PennEast’s application to build a 118-mile gas pipeline through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In several cases, FERC notes that PennEast’s maps are outdated, incorrect, and incomplete. In a letter dated November 4, FERC told PennEast it must comply with the request within 20 days.
FERC also added a new 30-day public comment period for its Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) on PennEast due to numerous route changes proposed by PennEast after the close of the DEIS comment period.
Among the numerous requirements from FERC to PennEast is a request to examine various alternative routes and for significant additional data and consultation previously requested by federal and state agencies including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.