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EPA not grading FERC studies; TransCanada-owned pipe to expand in New England

EPA no longer grading FERC environmental reviews of gas projects

In recent federal environmental reports on LNG export projects, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stopped giving ratings to the reviews as it had for 30 years, and it has provided few comments. The EPA reminded FERC about the change in policy in November and December comments on the commission staff's environmental reviews for a new round of proposed LNG export projects.

TransCanada-owned pipe system applies for another New England expansion

Portland Natural Gas Transmission System LP continued a series of expansions on its New England pipeline system with an application for a first phase of a project that will eventually have the incremental transportation capacity to move over 100 MMcf/d of gas. PNGTS said it proposed the project on the heels of other expansion projects because demand for gas keeps growing in the U.S. Northeast and Canada, driven by the loss of production volumes in Atlantic Canada and an increase in production in U.S. shale formations such as the Marcellus and Utica.

Kinder Morgan unit seeks approval for Delaware Basin gas pipeline expansion

El Paso Natural Gas Co. LLC asked permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to expand its natural gas pipeline facilities in the northern Delaware Basin, adding up to 320,000 Dth/d of firm gas transportation capacity. El Paso said it proposed the project, called the Northern Delaware Basin expansion, to satisfy demand for takeaway transportation capacity to help handle growing gas production in the greater Permian Basin, which includes the Delaware sub-basin.

FERC extends deadline for Algonquin Gas' Atlantic Bridge expansion project

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff will allow Enbridge Inc.'s Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC natural gas pipeline an additional two years to complete the 132,705-Dth/d Atlantic Bridge expansion. Commission staff on Dec. 26 granted Algonquin a two-year extension to Jan. 25, 2021, due to "further permitting delays for the [Weymouth, Mass.] compressor station and ... ongoing construction of the horizontal directional drill of the Taconic Parkway in New York."