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Williams Companies Pipeline Plans in NJ – NBC10 Philadelphia

What to know

  • A major pipeline that would have carried natural gas through New Jersey and under two bays to New York has failed. But another plan to ship liquefied gas from Pennsylvania by tanker truck is moving forward.
  • Environmentalists who had fought against both projects responded Monday to the mixed bag they got Friday when the two projects took different paths with federal regulators.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Companies allowed its pipeline application to expire and told regulators it would not apply for an extension. But it was also the same day that companies proposing a liquefied natural gas export project in Pennsylvania and New Jersey said they were sticking with that plan.

A major pipeline that would have carried natural gas through New Jersey and under two bays to New York has failed, but another plan to transport liquefied gas from Pennsylvania by tanker is moving forward.

Environmentalists who had fought against both projects responded Monday to the mixed bag they got Friday when the two proposals took different paths with federal regulators.

That was the day that Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Companies, owner of a nearly 10,000-mile pipeline called Transco, allowed its Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project to be terminated. Williams told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission it was letting a major construction application expire, and said it would not seek an extension for it.

The decision heartened a broad range of environmental and community groups who had fought against the proposal for eight years. They said it would promote the burning of fossil fuels and contribute to climate change, while also worsening air and water quality and creating safety concerns in communities along the coast. route.

Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, called the development “an extraordinary victory, a David and Goliath moment.”

Using the project’s abbreviation, she said, “NESE has breathed its last gassy breath. It means the project has come to an end and we have won!”

In a statement to The Associated Press on Monday, Williams confirmed it is no longer seeking a certificate from the federal agency that would allow the project to proceed.

“While Williams continues to believe in the foundations of the Northeast Supply Enhancement project and its ability to provide consumers with a cleaner and more affordable alternative to expensive heating oil, we have decided at this time not to pursue certification renewal.” it said.

It would include a gas-fired compressor station in Franklin Township, and the installation of more than 37 miles of pipeline through Raritan and Lower New York Bays en route to the Rockaway section of Queens in New York City.

Also on Friday, two companies said they remain committed to their proposed project to liquefy and transport natural gas through Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Delaware River Partners and Bradford County Real Estate Partners told the same agency that they do not plan to cancel a plant in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, to liquefy natural gas and transport it by tanker truck to an export facility in Gibbstown, New Jersey, rather than by tanker truck. track as originally proposed. Last September, federal regulators suspended authorization for the transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail.

“The last thing we need is even more dangerous methane gas extracted from Pennsylvania, trucked through our communities and exported abroad,” said Patrick Grenter, campaign director at the Sierra Club. “This decision is unnecessary and reckless, and the Sierra Club is prepared to continue fighting this project until it is officially canceled.”

The companies did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

But in a filing with the agency on Friday, Bradford said the facility in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, is designed not to require rail cars and is “unaffected” by the federal moratorium on such transportation. For that reason, the company is continuing with its plans, the company writes.