Roseland Files with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Opposition to Compressor Station Upgrades
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
ROSELAND, NJ - This morning, the Borough of Roseland officially filed to be an Intervenor with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in opposition to the proposed upgrades at the Williams-Transco Compressor Station.
FERC regulates natural gas pipelines and before any pipeline can be built or upgraded, FERC requires pipeline operators to obtain a federal Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. FERC is now required to respond to the Borough, and at the same time the Governing Body's objections have become part of the legal record.
Through it's massive 1,800 mile long pipeway, Williams-Transco delivers natural gas to utility companies and power plants located along the Atlantic Seaboard. The natural gas originates in the Gulf Coast and the pipeline transports it through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania to deliver gas to the New Jersey and New York City area.
Roseland Compressor Station 303
Williams-Transco's Essex County station 303 is an electric motor driven natural gas compressor facility located near the highly traveled intersection of Eagle Rock Avenue and Eisenhower Parkway in Roseland.
The following is an historical timeline of events for Station 303:
Gateway Expansion Project
According to Williams-Transco, the Northeast's need for natural gas is increasing because of its superiority as compared to other energy sources.
The Expansion Project will increase service to New Jersey and New York natural gas customers, through PSEG Power and UGI Energy Services, and is designed to provide up to 65,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas transportation service to meet the needs of about 300,000 homes.
According to the company, the Transco pipeline is at full capacity and upgrades are necessary to provide for the increased demand. The company points out that virtually all of their proposed upgrades will take place "within Transco’s existing rights of way and/or property boundaries."
An abundant, reliable supply of natural gas is critical to help reduce carbon emissions," reads the Williams-Transco website, "and provide the flexibility needed to support a growing renewables component in power generation.
Being a resident whose home is in close proximity to the compressor station, " commented Roseland Mayor John Duthie, "I look forward to working with our constituents in an effort to keep Roseland a safe place to live and work.
Although Williams-Transco has stated that they are "committed to minimizing environmental impacts of the entire project," residents of the Borough and the surrounding communities continue to voice dissent to the presence of the compressor station in Roseland.
According to FERC guidelines, the community has a right to express their opinion as to the proposed Gateway Expansion Project. To do so:
ENTER A COMMENT ONLINE HERE
Those who have expressed their concerns over the safety of the natural gas compressor station specifically site:
The Roseland Governing Body strongly encourages all interested to view the filing on FERC'S website found online here.