Opposition begins to form
to Somerset LNG proposal
By Michael Holtzman, Herald News Staff Reporter, Jul. 27, 2016
SOMERSET — As preliminary filings with the federal government have been delayed, area residents are weighing in on prospects of two huge LNG storage tanks being built in town — each nearly the size of a football field at the base and able to hold a combined 6.8 billion cubic feet of LNG.
Environmental groups have organized a meeting Thursday night to share information and concerns with area citizens and the public.
The Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities, which helped lead a momentous fight repelling HessLNG’s proposal at Weaver’s Cove in Fall River, is among five groups organizing the forum.
“About 400 people live in the area abutting the area where we think they want to put the tanks,” said Joseph Carvalho, long-time president of the responsible siting coalition.
Spectra Energy Transmission LLC notified town officials 2½ weeks ago that a 135-acre tract owned by National Grid in the area of the Taunton River, Interstate 195 and the town’s sewer plant was under preliminary consideration for this major storage facility.
Spectra had reported that Algonquin Gas Transmission and other partners in the “Access Northeast Project” planned to file by Friday, July 22, a draft resource report on its expansion of existing natural gas pipelines with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC is charged with oversight and approval of such projects.
FERC filing delayed
This filing has been delayed an indefinite amount of time.
“Algonquin anticipates that revised drafts of Resource Reports 1 & 10 along with additional draft resource reports will be filed later this year,” Arthur Diestel, Spectra Energy director of stakeholder outreach, said in an email Tuesday.
“We had planned to file the second draft of the pre-filing draft resource reports (including the Somerset option) in late July; however, Algonquin believes it is prudent to take additional time in order to complete the comprehensive alternatives analysis for the Access Northeast LNG facility as expected by the FERC staff, agencies and other interested stakeholders,” Diestel wrote.
“I also want to stress that a number of alternatives are still under consideration.”
FERC extends Constitution Pipeline
construction 2 more years
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive, July 28, 2016
The Constitution Pipeline was approved in 2014 and developers were given two years to bring the system online, but difficulties with New York construction approvals have set the project back. Difficulties in getting authorization to remove trees set the pipeline back by a year, and then in the spring, the state denied the water certification.
"NYSDEC’s decision has caused the Constitution Pipeline Project to be delayed, and, as a result, Constitution will not be able to complete construction of the project within the prescribed time frame," FERC Division of Pipeline Certificates Director John Wood acknowledged in a letter.
The pipeline consortium's request for additional time was approved almost instantly, SNL reports. The companies filed a request for two more years on July 22, and Wood's letter was issued just four days later.