FERC Accepts Pre-filing for PennEast Natural Gas Pipeline
PennEast Pipeline says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved its request to initiate the pre-filing review process for an interstate natural gas pipeline. The proposed 108-mile, 36-inch natural gas pipeline will be designed to transport 1 Bcf/day. Current plans call for the pipeline to run from Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania to Transco’s Trenton-Woodbury interconnection in New Jersey.
The pre-filing process includes a formal structure for interested parties along the proposed route to provide input regarding the proposed pipeline. It also creates the framework for the environmental analysis required of the location, design and permitting of the proposed natural gas pipeline.
PennEast chose the comprehensive, multi-step pre-filing approach as a way to ensure greater stakeholder involvement early in the project’s development and to work cooperatively with the FERC staff on stakeholder outreach, as well as the technical, engineering and environmental aspects of the project before a formal application is submitted. PennEast plans to complete pre-filing and file a formal application in third quarter 2015.
If approved, the PennEast Pipeline is projected to go into service in 2017.
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