TGP Adopts Two Alternative Routes For Northeast Energy Direct Project

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Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) Co. is adopting two alternative routes for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project to minimize environmental impact and allow for the expansion of natural gas service in the state of New Hampshire. Following a thorough evaluation of feasible route alternatives for the market path of the project from Wright, NY, to Dracut, MA, the company submitted an amended resource report filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). TGP plans to adopt both the New York Powerline Alternative and the New Hampshire Powerline Alternative, which will utilize existing utility corridors to lessen the environmental impact of the project. TGP is also notifying elected officials, federal and state regulatory agencies, and landowners in proximity to the proposed pipeline of its decision. TGP also noted the proposed route change will enable the company to avoid and substantially minimize the crossing of certain Article 97 properties and areas of critical environmental concern in Massachusetts.
  In November, Liberty Utilities (Pipeline & Transmission) Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (APUC), and a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. agreed to form a new entity, Northeast Expansion LLC, to undertake development, construction and ownership of a 30-inch or 36-inch natural gas transmission pipeline to be located between Wright, NY, and Dracut, MA.
  With the adoption of the New York Powerline Alternative and the New Hampshire Powerline Alternative, the proposed revised route will now include : approximately 188 miles of new and co-located mainline pipeline facilities, including about 53 miles of pipeline generally co-located with TGP’s existing 200 Line and an existing power utility corridor in western New York near the proposed Market Path Mid Station No. 1; approximately 64 miles of pipeline generally co-located with an existing power utility corridor in eastern Massachusetts; and approximately 71 miles of pipeline generally co-located with an existing power utility corridor in southern New Hampshire, extending east to the proposed Dracut, MA, Market Path Tail Station. As currently contemplated, exclusive of laterals, the route would be adjacent to or co-located with existing rights-of-way for approximately 90 percent of the mileage. TGP’s filing will reflect the revisions to and a full description of the proposed route and proposed project facilities.
  TGP plans to host open houses in early 2015 to provide additional information and answer questions. The open house schedule will be sent to landowners in proximity to the proposed pipeline, towns and communities, and elected officials when the dates and locations for those open houses have been established. The schedule will also be filed with the FERC and posted on the NED project website: www.kindermorgan.com.