FERC Docket #: CP16-9
Status: Approved by FERC 1/25/17
STATE PERMITS STATUS:
(*FROM FAE – Families Against Enbridge » Facebook page )
Waterways Permit Status:
Stayed according to August 2018 order of the MassDEP administrative law judge, which remains in place despite lifting of the stay in the Wetlands case. So, one stay was lifted, but not the other (Waterways).
Air Permit Status:
Stayed by Gov. Baker’s July 2017 letter until a comprehensive health impact assessment (CHIA) can be done. MassEEA Secretary Beaton said that the Town and the public would have an opportunity to comment and have a public hearing on the proposed scope of work by the outside contractor doing the CHIA; and the draft findings of the contractor before contractor’s findings become final.
CZM Permit Status:
Stayed by Gov. Baker’s July 2017 letter until Algonquin/Enbridge/Spectra responds with additional information to specific questions CZM asked in August 2017. Algonquin/Enbridge/Spectra responded with the additional information in December 2017. CZM extended the stay with the permission of Algonquin/Enbridge/Spectra until March 26, 2018.
Update on court case brought by Algonquin (Spectra/Enbridge) against the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).
(2/17/18 update from FRRACS – Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station )
Algonquin was charging in its court brief that the DEP was essentially foot dragging and that the Natural Gas Act pre-empted (overrode) any of the permitting that the DEP was charged with. Although this sounds a little scary, the end result was that there was a agreement made by the DEP to agree to a court ordered time frame in which permits would be granted or denied. Without conceding to Algonquin’s argument, the DEP will be given until January 11. 2019 to complete the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and either grant or deny the Air Quality Permit. If the permit is granted, the Town of Weymouth, as an intervenor, has until June 28, 2019 to finish an appeal process. There was also an intervenor request from the Hingham Residents Against the Compressor Station (HRACS), but we are not sure that they were accepted by the DEP as intervenors just yet. They are following up on that.
What does this all mean for us? Only that the Department of Public Health and the DEP will be given the breathing room to conduct a thorough HIA. FRRACS will be in appeals in June on the Wetlands permit. If the Wetlands permit is ultimately approved, we will proceed with our Waterways appeal. If the Wetlands permit is revoked, the project is likely doomed.
The Spectra Algonquin Gas Pipeline Atlantic Bridge Project (CP16-9) impacting the Town of Weymouth in Massachusetts with the construction of a new compressor station, pipeline expansions in New York and Connecticut, reversal of the flow of the Maritimes & Northeast pipeline now from Dracut to Nova Scotia, and other upgrades.
PEAK DAY Capacity
132,700 dekatherms per day (Dth/d)
Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC (Spectra)
Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. (U.S.)
Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline Limited Partnership (Canada)