Eversource “Reliability Project” (Longmeadow/Springfield)



Since buying out Columbia Gas’ Massachusetts assets after the Merrimack Valley disaster, Eversource has taken over their planned “Western Mass Reliability Project“. This includes constructing a new “point of delivery” (POD) meter station in Longmeadow and installing a new pipeline gas main between this new POD station and Eversource’s Bliss Street Regulator Station in Springfield. The pipeline is planned to be 16″ diameter, running at 200 psi. It’s 5.3 mile length means it needs to go through multiple permitting processes, including MEPA, EFSB and DPU.

June 2022 update — After a long stall, they have just filed with MEPA and will soon file with the Energy Facilities Siting Board to permit and launch this project.

MEPA
» See the MEPA filing

There are MEPA site visits coming up on June 21st, both in person at the Longmeadow POD meter station site and virtual later that evening.

The MEPA Office will conduct an in-person site visit and a virtual consultation session. The public is welcome to participate.

In-person site visit:
11:00 AM on Tuesday June 21, 2022
We will meet at the site of the proposed Point of Delivery facility at the Longmeadow Country Club maintenance facility, 14 Hazardville Road, Longmeadow. The purpose of the site visit is to view existing site conditions and the location of proposed structures.

Virtual public consultation session/video conference:
7:00 PM on Tuesday June 21, 2022

The consultation session will include a presentation by the Proponent to provide a description of the project and will provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions and for the MEPA Office to receive advice and comments from agencies, officials, and citizens regarding which environmental issues, if any, are significant for this project. Opinions as to the extent and significance of possible environmental impact will be welcome.

Virtual Meeting Information:

» Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 394 509 6658
Passcode: 122512 

» Call-In by Phone
Dial in #:  1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 394 509 6658
Passcode: 122512

Please contact Alex Strysky at alexander.strysky@mass.gov or (857) 408-6957 with any questions at least one hour before the meeting.

Spanish, Vietnamese and Russian language interpreters are available by contacting Jeff Brandt, (978) 656-3662, jbrandt@TRCcompanies.com by June 14th at 12:00 noon.

•• MEPA comments due on or before: July 28, 2022
Certificate due: August 8, 2022

Contact for Project Information: Jeff Brandt, (978) 656-3662, jbrandt@TRCcompanies.com

MEPA Contact: Alex Strysky, (857) 408-6957, alexander.strysky@mass.gov

Comments may be submitted my email to alexander.strysky@mass.gov or via the MEPA Public Comments Portal.

» See Springfield Climate Justice Coalition’s Public Comment Toolkit

(Short link to this page – tinyurl.com/MEPASpringLongPipeline)


» EFSB Filing


Visit Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group’s site and make sure to visit both the “Take Action Longmeadow” and “Take Action Springfield” pages. They have two separate petitions – sign both! – and see what actions can take for help each side of this fight.

» Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group’s website