Subject: Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company files updated draft Resource Report for the Northeast Energy Direct Project Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (“Tennessee”) recently filed a request to use the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“Commission”) pre-filing procedures for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project (“Project”). By notice issued October 2, 2014, the Commission approved Tennessee’s request to use the pre-filing procedures for the Project. As part of the Commission’s pre-filing process, Tennessee submitted draft Resource Report 1 on November 5, 2014. Draft Resource Report 1 reflects the information available as of the date of the filing regarding the proposed Project facilities and anticipated land requirements, construction procedures, and permitting/clearance requirements for the Project. Tennessee notes that its development of the resource reports for the Project is an ongoing process, and as part of this process, Tennessee has submitted an amended version of Resource Report 1, which provides details about Tennessee’s plan to adopt both the New York Powerline Alternative and the New Hampshire Powerline Alternative. These alternatives will utilize existing utility corridors to lessen the environmental impact of the project. The towns of Athol, Ashby, Ashburnham, Dunstable, Groton, Lenox, Orange, Pepperell, Pittsfield, Richmond, Royalston, Tyngsborough, Washington and Winchendon are not impacted by the proposed revised route. The proposed alternative route traverses parcels in the towns of Cheshire, Hancock, Lanesborough and Shelburne, which are newly impacted by the Project. Tennessee is notifying elected officials, federal and state regulatory agencies, and landowners in proximity to the proposed route of its decision. Please find this revised report detailing the adopted alternatives, including a project map, in the attached and linked below. We plan to keep you updated about project-related activities in your area that may be of interest to you or your constituents. We look forward to working with you. Thank you.
Draft Resource Report 1: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20141208-5217
Two groups have been organized to block the pipeline: Northeast Energy Solutions http://neenergysolutions.org/ and Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition http://www.massland.org/ They are basing their objections on MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Article 97 which reads, in part, “to protect, preserve and enhance all open space…ensure no net loss of Article 97 lands under the ownership and control of the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions.“
Last Updated: April 6, 2015