FERC has approved Kinder Morgan’s request to modify its road crossing construction method from bore to open-cut at South Beech Plain Road and Cold Spring Road #2 on the Massachusetts Loop in Berkshire County, Massachusetts as part of the Connecticut Expansion Project.
According to FERC’s Elaine Baum, Kinder Morgan says South Beech Plain Road must be open-cut due to hard rock encountered at the site and the company recommends open-cutting Cold Spring Road #2 to reduce wetland impacts on WMA-16 and WMA-20.
The Connecticut Expansion Project includes approximately 13.42 miles of 24-inch and 36-inch diameter pipeline looping in Albany County, N.Y., Berkshire and Hampden Counties, Mass. and Hartford County, Conn., minor modifications at one compressor station in Massachusetts, and installation of minor appurtenant facilities. Once finished, it will provide approximately 72,100 dekatherms per day of additional firm natural gas transportation capacity.
The project is expected to be operational on November 1, 2017.