Industries Environmental Impact Statements (EISs)
Final Environmental Impact Statement on New Jersey - New York Expansion Project (Docket No. CP11-56-000)
Issued: March 16, 2012
The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) has prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed New Jersey - New York Expansion Project (Project).
The Project facilities would be located in the Boroughs of Staten Island and Manhattan, New York; Hudson, Union, Bergen, and Morris Counties, New Jersey; and Middlesex County, Connecticut, and would include:
- Construction and operation of 20 miles of new and replacement 42- and 30-inch-diameter pipeline;
- Abandonment of about 9 miles of existing pipeline;
- Construction and operation of 7 new metering and regulating (M&R) stations;
- Modification of 4 existing compressor stations and 1 existing M&R station; and
- Various ancillary facilities including taps, valves, launchers, and receivers.
The EIS has been prepared in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500–1508), and FERC regulations implementing NEPA (18 CFR 380).
The conclusions and recommendations presented in the EIS are those of the FERC environmental staff. Input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York City Mayor’s Office, and New York City Department of Environmental Protection as cooperating agencies, was considered during the development of our conclusions and recommendations; however, these agencies will present their own conclusions and recommendations in their Record of Decision, and adopt the EIS per 40 CFR 1506.3 if, after an independent review of the document, they conclude that their permitting requirements have been satisfied.
FERC staff concludes that, if the Project is approved, constructed, and operated, the proposed facilities would result in some adverse environmental impacts; however, these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of Texas Eastern Transmission, LP’s (Texas Eastern) and Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC’s (Algonquin) proposed minimization and mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended in the EIS. These conclusions are supported by the following:
- The Project would be collocated with existing pipeline, roadway, railway, and/or utility rights-of-way for approximately 65 percent of the route;
- Texas Eastern and Algonquin would obtain all necessary federal, state, and local permits, approvals, and authorizations prior to commencement of construction;
- Texas Eastern and Algonquin would implement their Project-specific Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan which is based on the mitigation measures contained in the FERC’s Upland Erosion Control, Revegetation, and Maintenance Plan and Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures, as well as additional approved Project-specific construction and restoration plans, each of which would reduce and mitigate impacts on natural resources during construction and operation of the Project;
- Of the 26 waterbodies affected by the pipeline, 15 would be crossed via horizontal directional drill, 8 would be crossed via dry crossing methods, and 3 would be within the construction right-of-way but would not be crossed by the pipeline; and
- Texas Eastern and Algonquin would complete all necessary surveys for cultural resources, and the appropriate consultations with the State Historic Preservation Officers would be completed before initiating construction.
The FERC Commissioners will take into consideration staff’s recommendations when they make a decision on the Project.
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