FERC has released an environmental assessment for the Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC’s Eastern System Upgrade Project.
In the assessment, FERC’s environmental staff concludes the construction and operation of the project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. This determination was made following a review of the information provided by Millennium and further developed from data requests, field investigations, scoping; literature research, alternatives analysis, and contacts with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as Indian tribes and individual members of the public.
According to FERC, these determinations are supported by the following:
- Millennium would obtain all necessary federal authorizations prior to commencement of construction
- Millennium would reduce and mitigate impacts on natural resources and public safety during construction by implementing project-specific plans, which include the following: Horizontal Directional Drill Contingency Plan, Bedrock Blasting Plan, Winter Construction Plan, Procedures Guiding the Discovery of Unanticipated Cultural Resources and Human Remains, Invasive Species Management Plan, site-specific Residential Plans, Environmental Construction Standards, and Spill Prevention and Response Procedures.
The Eastern System Upgrade Project consists of the construction, modification, and operation of the following facilities in New York:
- approximately 7.8 miles of 30- and 36-inch-diameter pipeline loop (Huguenot Loop) in Orange County
- a new compressor station in Sullivan County
- additional compression at the Hancock Compressor Station in Delaware County
- modifications at the Westtown Meter Station and Wagoner Interconnect in Orange County
- modifications at the Ramapo Meter Station in Rockland County
- other appurtenant facilities
The project would provide approximately 223,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation service from Millennium’s Corning Compressor Station to an interconnect with Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC in Ramapo, New York.
The environmental assessment was prepared in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA (Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500–1508), and FERC regulations implementing NEPA (18 CFR 380). The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, Delaware Tribe of Indians, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets participated as cooperating agencies.
All comments must be received by May 1, 2017.