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FERC OKs Transco's Garden State project; Rockies Express adds to pool of potential Seneca shippers

FERCapproved Transcontinental GasPipe Line Co. LLC's expansion project, which will deliver 180,000 Dth/dof gas into New Jersey.

TheApril 7 FERC order granted authorization for the , whichwill provide firm transportation for NewJersey Resources Corp.'s NewJersey Natural Gas Co. Transco estimated the project will costapproximately $116 million.

received FERC approval to place its Seneca natural gas lateral into open-accesstransportation service, which expands the lateral's options in terms of theshippers it can serve.

OnApril 7, FERC issued a certificate under the Natural Gas Act to allow the newoperation of its pipeline and compression facilities in Noble and Monroecounties in Ohio. The facilities were originally built by Rockies Express toprovide service under Section 311 of the Natural Gas Policy Act. No newconstruction was required or authorized in the order.

RockiesExpress needed the new certificate to provide service on the Seneca lateralunder the Natural Gas Act and the company's Subpart G blanket certificate. Itfiled an abbreviatedapplication in March 2015.

TheGovernor of Colorado has thrown his weight behind an Oregon LNG exportterminal, asking FERC to reconsider its earlier rejection of the project andrelated pipeline.

"TheJordan Cove and Pacific Connector Pipeline Project represents an important newsource of demand for natural gas producers in Colorado," Gov. JohnHickenlooper wrote in an April 11 letter to the commission. "It isimportant for shippers and domestic natural gas producers to continue to accessmarkets for natural gas including the Asian Pacific countries which comprisethe fastest growing liquefied natural gas market in the world."

Hickenlooperadded that Veresen Inc.'sJordan Cove project is "the only LNG facility on the West Coast that woulddirectly link Colorado to new energy markets via the [] pipeline."

FERCstaff has denied landowners' requests to become "consulting parties"for a cultural-resources review of EQTMidstream Partners LP's Mountain Valley natural gas pipelineproject.

Sixparties submitted requests to FERC under the National Historic Preservation Actin March regarding MountainValley Pipeline LLC's proposed pipeline project.

Mostof the landowners claimed their properties were contributing resources to theGreater Newport Rural Historic District in Giles County, Va., and the proposedpipeline would run through some portion of the properties. However, FERCdetermined that the properties were not within "the direct or indirectarea of potential effects" related to historical architecture, denying theparties a potential tool to alter the project.

FERCstaff pushed back the date for completing an environmental review of 'sproposed Triadnatural gas pipeline expansion project to the summer.

Inan April 5 notice, the commission released the staff's revised schedule for theenvironmental assessment, or EA. The staff plans to issue the EA on June 15,instead of April 6 aspreviously scheduled. Cooperating federal agencies will have until Sept. 13 tocomplete their own work on the project review.

Newinformation concerning a route variation prompted the revised schedule.Tennessee Gas also made adjustments to the project's workspace.