The NEXUS Gas Transmission project reached a significant milestone as it formally applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct and operate an approximately 255-mile interstate natural gas pipeline. The NEXUS project provides critically needed Appalachian Basin natural gas to growing markets in Ohio, Michigan and the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada.
The FERC application initiates the agency’s formal environmental review of the project as the lead federal agency charged with coordinating National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance in reviewing pipeline certificate applications.
During this period, FERC will evaluate all potential environmental impacts, as well as the company’s plans to address and minimize those. The application filing includes responses to comments made during the FERC scoping period as well as a full evaluation of alternative routes and potential impacts of the NEXUS project. The proposed NEXUS route is strategically positioned to expand gas service while minimizing environmental impacts.
Access to natural gas will enable communities along the proposed route to attract employers and provide low-cost energy to residential consumers and businesses. The market-based approach of siting the NEXUS pipeline stands to benefit customers all along the route, including local distribution companies, industrial parks and electricity generating plants.
The FERC review process will continue to provide opportunities for public input by landowners, residents and other stakeholders. It will also prompt parallel environmental review by numerous state and federal regulatory agencies. The formal application requests that FERC issue an approval of the project in the fourth quarter of 2016. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2017.