TheU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is not concerned about any long-term impacts froman emergency dig on the west side of the Hudson River near Tomkins Cove, N.Y.,which was required after a complication during construction of 'sAlgonquin Incremental Market pipeline expansion.
Althoughthe dig occurred outside FERC-approved workspace, the Fish and Wildlife Serviceappeared to be satisfied with the explanation and handling of the incident.
FERCOffice of Enforcement staff is confident in its natural gas market manipulationcase against Total SAand affiliates and asked the commission to let them move forward withprosecution.
Counteringstrong protests byTotal's legal team, who objected to the market manipulation charges andpotential civil penalties of almost $217 million, Office of Enforcement staffsaid the company's claims do not prevent the commission from hearing the matter.
AU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office expressed concerns with FERC's draft environmentalimpact statement for the 1.1 MMDth/d PennEast natural gas pipeline project,saying it lacks data and supporting information to determine possible impactson federally protected species.
TheNew Jersey field office of the Fish and Wildlife Service said the inadequatesurvey data and information submitted by PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC meant it could not accept thedraft environmental reviewas a biological assessment to initiate a formal consultation. The Fish andWildlife Service comments were filed with FERC on Sept. 28.
asked FERC toapprove its request to vacate a proposed project that would have increasednatural gas flow from a Pennsylvania gathering system.
TheSept. 29 request asked for authorization to vacate the project, which wouldhave included a compression station to allow for into 's system.
FERCtold Columbia Gas TransmissionLLC that it can put into service its 205 MMcf/d Utica Accessnatural gas project, another piece of infrastructure designed to move moreAppalachian gas to market.
RichMcGuire, director of FERC's Division of Gas — Environment and Engineering,delivered the authorization in a Sept. 29 letter to 's SeniorCounsel William Sala. McGuire said the commission staff checked out the projectand found that rehabilitation and stabilization of construction areas was goingwell.
FERCapproved EquitransLP's request to place into service the Ohio Valley Connector naturalgas transportation project, which would connect to and otherpipelines.
ASept. 27 FERC order granted the authorization for service on the project, withthe exception of an interconnect with Spectra Energy Partners LP's Texas Eastern TransmissionLP. The interconnect with Texas Eastern has not yet been constructed.
FERCOffice of Energy Projects staff signed off on a proposal tobuild pipeline and compression facilities that would deliver natural gas to theCameron LNG LLC export terminal and the southwest Louisiana market.
TheSouthwest Louisiana Supply project would provide an incremental 295,000 Dth/dof firm transportation service on the Tennessee Gas 800 Line in addition toexisting capacity of about 605,000 Dth/d for customers of the , backed by ajoint venture that includes Sempra Energy.