What is the Williams Pipeline

The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project is a pipeline project proposed by Williams to expand their existing Transco pipeline system. The fracked natural gas transmission system is already the largest in the nation, transporting 50% of the natural gas used in NY and NJ.

Here is the full project scope:

  • Twenty-three miles of 26-inch pipe in the New York Bay (offshore)
  • Three and a half miles of 26-inch pipe in Middlesex County, New Jersey (onshore)
  • Ten miles of 42-inch pipe in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
  • A new compressor station in Somerset County, N.J.
  • Other existing compressor facility modifications

We opposed the entire project and as defenders of our coastline, we are particularly concerned about the 23.4 miles of pipeline proposed for offshore.

The Off Shore Portion

23.4-miles of 26-inch diameter pipeline will cross Raritan Bay from Old Bridge, NJ. to Rockaway Point NY

Why Do We Oppose the Project

  • There will be a negative impact on air and water quality.
  • It will pose a huge threat to the habitat and marine life of Raritan Bay.
  • There will be a detrimental effect on recreational use of that area.
  • We will be further locked into fossil fuel infrastructure. We should be investing in renewable resources instead.
  • There is not sufficient evidence to prove that there is a need for this pipeline expansion.

Timeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the governing body that will make the decision to grant approval to FERC for this project.

May 2016 – FERC accepted the Pre-file request

September 2016 – The public comment period closed on September 23rd. Surfrider Foundation NYC & NJ chapters submitted comments.

March 2017 – Williams filed final application with FERC.

Now that the application has been received, a environmental impact statement will be compiled.

Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen.

March 2018 – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expects to release its Draft Environmental Impact Study on the Williams NESE.

We can expect hearings to be scheduled quickly after that

FERC should issue its final EIS by Sept. 17, 2018, and it’s final decision by Dec. 16, 2018.

Should the project be approved, the Williams website claims that construction will likely begin in Summer 2019.

What Can We Do

Sign this action alert

Pipeline campaign lead, Noelle Picone, discusses Williams Transco’s unnecessary and detrimental proposed pipeline with the Rockaway Beach Civic Association at its last meeting. Read about the pipeline details and the reasons to oppose it in The Wave: https://www.rockawave.com/articles/proposed-pipeline-discussed-at-civic-meeting/

Contact Noelle, Campaign Lead at campaign.rep@nyc.surfrider.org.