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FERC environmental review of Northern Access 2016 project due in months

FERC staff plans to issue the final environmental review forthe Northern Access 2016 natural gas pipeline expansion project before August.

FERC staff's schedule for completing the final environmentalreview anticipates the document being available July 27. Federal agencies cooperatingwith FERC would have 90 days following its publication, until Oct. 25, to finishtheir work on the review. FERC released the schedule in an April 14 notice.

National Fuel GasSupply Corp. and EmpirePipeline Inc. applied for a FERC certificate on March 17, 2015, to buildthe approximately $450 million projectto transport additional natural gas supplies from the Marcellus Shale area to theNortheast and Canada. An amended application was submitted to FERC on Nov. 4, 2015.

The Northern Access 2016 project would expand National Fuel'sexisting pipeline system by an additional 497,000 Dth/d of new firm natural gastransportation capacity and expand Empire's pipeline by approximately 350,000 Dth/dof new firm transportation capacity. The project would run from a receiptpoint in McKean County, Pa., to an existing connection with the Empire system inNiagara County, N.Y.

Both National Fuel and Empire are National Fuel Gas Co. subsidiaries. (CP15-115)