In a letter dated June 6th Oklahoma based oil infrastructure company, The Williams Companies, Inc, notified local residents of their intention to prefile with Federal Energy Regulation Commission for obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
“Williams owns and operates a natural gas transmission pipeline known as the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, L.L.C. (Transco), which transports natural gas from natural gas production areas to customers such as utility companies and power plants located throughout the northeastern and southeastern United States.
Williams is in the preliminary stages of developing a pipeline proposal known as the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (Project). The Project is being designed to add 400,000 dekatherms per day of additional natural gas transmission capacity and is targeted to be in service for the winter heating season of 2019…The preliminary project design… includes:
- Greenfield Compressor Station 206, Somerset County, New Jersey – a new 32,000 HP compressor station near Transco’s mainline consisting of two natural gas compressor units and associated facilities…
- Approximately 10 mile, 42 inch loop (pipeline laid parallel to existing lines) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania,
- Compressor Station 200, Chester County, Pennsylvania – add 21,000 HP by installing one electric motor-driven compressor unit,
- Approximately 3.4 mile, 26-inch loop of Transco’s existing Lower NY Bay Lateral from Transco’s Station 207 downstream to the Morgan metering and regulating station, Middlesex County, New Jersey (onshore)
- Approximately 22 mile, 26-inch loop of the existing Lower NY Bay Lateral from the Morgan Metering and regulating station in Middlesex County, New Jersey to the Rockaway Transfer Point, New York State waters (offshore)…”
The map below provides a view of the project plan:
Note: The sections in red indicate new pipeline
- The circled 4 indicates where the new gas-powered compressor station 206 will go in Franklin Township, N.J.
- A file containing a larger version of the map can be found in our website’s “Resources” section.
- A full copy of the letter from Williams announcing the project to nearby residents can also be found there.
- All documents, etc. re this project proposal can be found at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) website www.FERC.gov under docket number PF16-5
Concerns with the NESE Project as a whole
We are concerned that the project will add excess infrastructure (e.g., Williams has advised that initially Station 206 will only run two days per week) at the significant expense of NJ residents and the environment in New Jersey and the surrounding areas.
Williams/Transco has advised residents nearby the planned Station 206 that they are presently considering two sites for the 32,000 HP Natural Gas-Powered, Gas Compression Station. These two sites, Option “A” and “B”, are both located on land owned by Trap Rock Industries at their Kingston Quarry in Franklin Township, N.J.. Here is a copy of the map provided with the residents’ letter.
This pipeline, which apparently is at least 50 years old, consists of two pipes, a 30-inch diameter pipe and a 42-inch diameter pipe, both of which are Class 1, with a maximum allowable operating pressure of 800 p.s.i.. (FYI, N.J. Law requires intrastate pipelines to be Class 4, which requires thicker pipe and that the pipes be buried more deeply).
The planned compressor station will initially occupy about 6 to 8 acres of land, and approximately 15 acres of land will be cleared in total for the initial station.
The planned station at 32,000 HP is large, and unlike its nearby compressor stations in Lawrenceville and Old Bridge which are electric, Station 206 is natural gas-powered, which creates greater danger for the local environment and its residents.
Concerns with Station 206
The Transco map provided to nearby residents does not show that there are substantial residential developments nearby (e.g., Princeton Walk’s Northwest and Southwest Villages have 124 and 95 homes respectively, just on the other side of Route 27 (a two lane road) from “Option A”). There are over 800 homes nearby plus a shopping center, preschools, and places of worship. “Option B” also has a 55+ residential community and other homes in the nearby area.
And that Trap Rock’s Kingston Quarry is on the other side of the planned “Option A” and is nearby “Option B”. This quarry regularly engages in blasting which can be felt in the surrounding area and is expected to continue this mining and blasting for many years to come.
Gas Compression stations have had many numerous accidents in recent years, and the turbines involved, which are high speed (similar to jet engines), can be effected by such blasting.
Here are satellite views (from Google Maps) of the areas surrounding Options A and B. These maps also show some, but not all, of the nearby residential developments.