Friday, July 29, 2016

Major milestone for National Fuel project

National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation and Empire Pipeline, Inc, (collectively known as "National Fuel"), both subsidiaries of National Fuel Gas Company, announced that their proposed Northern Access Project reached a major milestone Wednesday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issuance of its Environmental Assessment (EA). The Environmental Assessment recommends a finding of no significant impact with the implementation of FERC’s proposed mitigation measures, many of which were proposed by National Fuel. FERC’s issuance of the EA is the culmination of its 2-year environmental review process for this project and is an integral part of FERC’s decision on whether to issue National Fuel a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate the proposed facilities.

The proposed Northern Access Project includes the following facilities:

• Construction of 96.49 miles of 24-inch diameter pipeline, beginning from Sergeant Township, McKean County, Pa., and ending at Supply's existing Porterville Compressor Station in the Town of Elma, Erie County, N.Y.
• Installation of an additional 5,350 horsepower of compression at the existing Porterville Compressor Station.
Construction of an interconnection with Tennessee Gas Pipeline in the Town of Wales, Erie County, N.Y.
Construction of a new 22,214 horsepower compressor station adjacent to Killian Road in the Town of Pendleton, Niagara County, N.Y.
Construction of approximately 2 miles of 16-inch/24-inch pipeline in the Town of Pendleton, Niagara County, N.Y.
Construction of a new natural gas dehydration facility on Liberty Drive in the Town of Wheatfield, Niagara County, N.Y.

“This issuance of the Environmental Assessment is a significant step forward in the FERC review process for the Northern Access Project,” said Ronald C. Kraemer, National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation’s senior vice president.

“With more than 100 years of experience in safely constructing and operating pipelines throughout New York and Pennsylvania, we are committed to working to ensure that this project is constructed in a responsible, environmentally-sensitive manner. This project will provide the North American Pipeline grid with abundant, cost-effective Pennsylvania gas supplies so that Northeast markets can readily access natural gas to fuel the needs of homes and businesses,” Kraemer concluded.