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Transco plans to expand pipeline capacity in Pennsylvania and New Jersey ( The Leidy Southeast Expansion Project) to accommodate the increasing volume of natural gas coming from Marcellus Shale wells (fracking) throughout Pennsylvania's Northern Tier.
On October 22 Sierra Club, Food and Water Watch, and Environment New Jersey filed a joint application for intervenor status, a move that would allow the groups to track the filings between Williams Co. and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on this project.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Docket No. PF13-5: Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company, LLC; Leidy Southeast Expansion Project.
NJ Somerset / Hunterdon 6.83 miles of 42-inch pipe (Pleasant Run Loop)
What is a Loop:
December 18, 2014
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the pipeline.
See Feds approve Transco pipeline, environmentalists push back | NJ.com
On December 6, 2012 the State House Commission voted to approve the diversion of public land in Franklin Township (Hunterdon) for the Transco Northeast Supply Link Project.This pipeline expansion project will have significant impacts on the environment and clean energy future of not only the township and Hunterdon County, but the entire state.
The price for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Asia is $12 per per million British thermal units (MMBTU) compared to $3.60 per MMBTU (Henry Hub spot price) in the U.S..
Many think the purpose of this project is to improve transportation of gas from fracking wells in Pennsylvania to ports in New York, so it can be exported.
As we start exporting LNG, domestic supplies will be reduced and the price may go up.
Note: The spot price amounts to a wholesale price. Retail (July 2013) is about $5.40 per MMBPU.
Environmentalists Intervene to Oppose Pipeline Expansion Project
Fuel Fix | Asian nations eagerly eye cheap US natural gas
A joint press release on 28 Feb., 2013 "Coalition Voices Opposition to Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion in Princeton Area" by the Sierra Club, the Delaware Riverkeeper and Food & Water Watch says,
The company hopes to begin construction in Fall 2014 and have the project completed by December 2015.
See Comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) thru July 1, 2013 at, elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/search/eSave.asp?fd=10/01/2012&td=05/14/2035&cat=submittal,%20issuance&dkt=pf13-5&ft=fulltext&dsc=description
Leidy Southeast | Expansion of Williams' Transco natural gas pipeline in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Sierra Club Press releases
Report of May 9 meeting of community and environmental groups with John Wellinghoff, FERC Chair
Transco Pipeline Diversion Approved by State House Commission - New Jersey Chapter - Sierra Club
Transco | Williams
Natural Gas Prices - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Retail LNG Prices
Updated Oct. 23, 2013