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Stop Pipelines: Northern Access(NAPL)/FM100 Project

March 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation, a subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company, will file an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for authorization to modify its system in northwestern Pennsylvania, impacting Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, McKean, Potter and Clinton counties (FM100 Project). The FM100 Project is currently participating in the FERC National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) pre-filing review process at Docket No. PF17-10-000. National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation anticipates submitting a formal application to the FERC in summer 2019, with a target in-service date in winter 2021. Specific components of the FM100 Project include: (Read full article cut and pasted below scoping hearing dates and attached.)

Two days ago FERC issued the following notice that they will conduct public scoping hearings for both projects:

FERC invites the public to attend and speak out on either/both projects at the following venues:

Monday, March 18, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Dallas Middle School
2020 Conyngham Avenue
Dallas, PA 18612
570-674-7222

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Tri-Valley High School
155 East Main Street
Heggins, PA 17938
570-682-3125

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Port Allegany High School
20 Oak Street
Port Allegany, PA 16743
814-642-2544

Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Bucktail Area High School
1300 Bucktail Avenue
Renovo, PA 17764
570-923-1166

NFG FM100 Pipe Project in NW PA to Feed Marcellus Gas to Transco

March 7, 2019

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We’ve just caught wind of a “new” pipeline project coming from National Fuel Gas Company (NFG) in northwestern Pennsylvania that will beef up and extend an existing pipeline network to flow an extra 330 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of Marcellus gas to Williams’ mighty Transco Pipeline. It’s called the FM100 Project. Kind of sources like a radio station, no?

The FM100 Project will install 31 miles of new pipeline, abandon 45 miles of old pipeline, build a new compressor station and other bits and bobs for Line FM100–work that will be done in Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, McKean, Potter and Clinton counties.

Actually this isn’t a new plan. We told you in May of last year that NFG outlined what we call Plan B for their Northern Access Pipeline (see NFG/Seneca: Pursuing Plan B for Blocked NY Pipeline Project). Northern Access is a $500 million project with 97 miles of new pipeline along a power line corridor from northwestern PA up to Erie County, NY. Northern Access would allow NFG’s Seneca Resources drilling subsidiary to drill new wells in an area currently pipeline constrained. However, Northern Access construction is being blocked by the corrupt NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation (see Cuomo’s Corrupt NY DEC Blocks NFG Northern Access Pipeline Permit).

NFG is fighting for Northern Access in court and recently saw a ruling go their way (see Federal Court Slaps Down NY DEC Rejection of Northern Access Pipe). NFG ultimately thinks they will build Northern Access, but the project is still a few years (and a few more lawsuits) away from reality. Enter Plan B.

NFG signed an agreement with Williams’ Transco Pipeline last year to flow 300 (upgraded to 330) MMcf/d of Seneca natural gas to Transco Zone 6 markets. The FM100 Project fits hand in glove with Williams’ Transco Leidy South Project (see Williams Unveils “Leidy South Project” to Expand Transco in PA). FM100 will connect to Leidy South.

The new news about FM100 and Leidy South is that FERC has opted to conduct an environmental assessment (EA) for each project, which trims down the turnaround time from a “full” environmental impact statement.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission plans an environmental assessment for two pipeline expansions in Pennsylvania that combined would move natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales to markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

The decision to opt for an EA can mean a somewhat shorter review at FERC, in comparison to a full environmental impact statement.
The projects include Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line’s Leidy South Project and National Fuel Gas Supply’s FM100 project.

Leidy South effectively expands the path of Transco’s 1.7 Bcf/d Atlantic Sunrise project, moving gas from production areas in Pennsylvania along the Central Penn Line to an interconnection with Transco’s mainline near the Pennsylvania-Maryland border and potentially easing prices at Atlantic Seaboard demand markets like Transco Zone 5 and Zone 6. The expansion (PF19-1) would add about 580 MMcf/d of firm capacity, which has been reserved by producers Cabot Oil & Gas and Seneca Resources. The shippers are also large stakeholders in Atlantic Sunrise.

The project involves installation and replacement of several short pipeline segments, two new compressor stations, upgrades of two compressor stations and other facilities. Transco has targeted in-service in time for winter heating in December 2021.

FM100 PROJECT

The related FM100 (PF17-10) project would add 330,000 Dt/d, fully subscribed to Transco under a proposed capacity lease to supply gas from Marcellus and Utica shale to the Leidy South project. FM100 entails 29.5 miles of 20-inch diameter pipeline, along with smaller segments and two new compressors. It would also abandon about 50 miles of pipeline and a compressor station, among other steps. (1)

Two days ago FERC issued the following notice that they will conduct public scoping hearings for both projects:

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FERC invites the public to attend and speak out on either/both projects at the following venues:

Monday, March 18, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Dallas Middle School
2020 Conyngham Avenue
Dallas, PA 18612
570-674-7222

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Tri-Valley High School
155 East Main Street
Heggins, PA 17938
570-682-3125

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Port Allegany High School
20 Oak Street
Port Allegany, PA 16743
814-642-2544

Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 pm
Bucktail Area High School
1300 Bucktail Avenue
Renovo, PA 17764
570-923-1166

These sessions typically devolve into a circus freak show with anti fossil fuelers preening and prancing for the cameras and microphones. However, it’s important for our side to attend and show support for the projects.

NFG posted the following overview for the FM100 Project on their website:

National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation, a subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company, will file an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for authorization to modify its system in northwestern Pennsylvania, impacting Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, McKean, Potter and Clinton counties (FM100 Project). The FM100 Project is currently participating in the FERC National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) pre-filing review process at Docket No. PF17-10-000. National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation anticipates submitting a formal application to the FERC in summer 2019, with a target in-service date in winter 2021. Specific components of the FM100 Project include:

  • Installation of approximately 29.5 miles of new 20-inch coated steel natural gas pipeline in Sergeant, Norwich, and Liberty Townships in McKean County, and Roulette, Pleasant Valley, Clara, Hebron Townships in Potter County.
  • Installation of the new Marvindale natural gas compressor station in Sergeant Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania.
  • Installation of a new interconnect adjacent to the new Marvindale natural gas compressor station in Sergeant Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania (Marvindale Interconnection).
  • Installation of up to 1.41 miles of new 24-inch coated steel natural gas pipeline looping the existing National Fuel Line YM224 in Allegany and Hebron Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania.
  • Installation of approximately 0.4 miles of 24-inch-diameter steel pipeline (extension of existing Line KL pipeline) in Sergeant Township, McKean county, Pennsylvania.
  • Installation of a new over pressure protection station in Hebron Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania (Carpenter Hallow OPP Station).
  • Installation of the new Tamarack natural gas compressor station in Leidy Township, Clinton County, Pennsylvania.
  • Modification of the existing Leidy Interconnection with Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company, LLC at the Leidy M&R Station in Leidy Township, Clinton County, Pennsylvania.
  • Abandonment in place of approximately 44.9 miles of 12-inch steel natural gas pipeline (Line FM100) in Huston and Lawrence Townships in Clearfield County, Benezette Township in Elk County, the Borough of Driftwood, and Gibson and Lumber Townships in Cameron County, and Wharton and Portage Townships in Potter County.
  • Abandonment and removal of a natural gas compression facility (Costello Compression Station) in Portage Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania.
  • Abandonment and removal of an existing meter station in Wharton Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania. (2)

A handy dandy map of the FM100 project work to be done:

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Date:
March 18, 2019
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm