Tennessee Gas 261 Upgrade Projects

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Tennessee Gas (TGP, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan), as part of the Columbia Gas Reliability Plan, is proposing a project labeled “261 Upgrade”, named for Compressor Station #261 in Agawam. This proposal is to “provide reliability” to Holyoke and Columbia Gas (CMA) systems and to allow for new gas customers for Columbia Gas (CMA). It consists of several components – primarily the “Looping Project” and “Horsepower (HP) Replacement Project”. There is also a proposed new Meter Station planned for Longmeadow.  TGP has repeatedly argued that this is not a part of the same project, but the state has demanded that they add it to the Environmental Impact Report, and we keep insisting that leaving it out is segmentation.

The Looping Project includes 2.1 miles of 12-inch-diameter loop to be installed on Tennessee’s existing 10″ 261B-100 pipeline. The majority of the loop will be located within Tennessee’s existing pipeline corridors and will replace an existing inactive 6-inch-diameter pipeline where feasible. This would include a new pigging launcher at the compressor station site and a new receiver at the end of the loop approx. 2 miles to the north.

The HP Replacement Project involves removing two existing older units (a Solar Saturn installed in 1965 and a Solar Centaur installed in 1991) and installing a new Solar Taurus 70 unit. This would result in an overall increase of 4,418 horsepower to the station, and an increase of up to 7.8 decibels in noise level to nearby dwellings. There doesn’t appear to be data provided on the difference in emissions between the compressor engines being removed and the one being installed. This design will provide higher pressure into the 10-inch 261B-100 pipeline, and will increase the operational reliability to serve Holyoke Gas & Electric customer.

Old Compressor Engines being removed:
1991-vintage Solar Centaur H
1965-vintage Solar Saturn T-1001

New Compressor Engine being installed:
Solar Taurus 70-10802S

Net increase in horsepower: 4,418 HP
Increase in noise levels:
TGP261Noise

Longmeadow Metering & Regulation (M&R) Station. Also tied to this project is a new Metering and Regulation (M&R) station along the TGP 200 line in Longmeadow. TGP has tried to claim that this is separate, but in the interest of not allowing segmentation, the MEPA process has required them to consider this project along with the 261 Upgrades when addressing their work with Columbia Gas and Holyoke Gas & Electric. TGP’s filing with FERC, filed AFTER Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matt Beaton’s insistence on inclusion of this M&R station for state permitting purposes, still insists that this station is a separate project, even though it serves the same end use project for the same customer – Columbia Gas’ Reliability Project.

MAP OF LOOPING PROJECT – Compiled from EENF
(click on map to download high res PDF)
WholeProjMap

PAST HEARINGS / CURRENT COMMENT PERIODS:
Longmeadow 3_27_19 LM hearing flyer

The Siting Board and MEPA also seek written comments concerning the proposed 261 Upgrade Projects and the Longmeadow Meter Station.

COMMENT DEADLINES:
– MEPA – March 29, 2019
MEPA comments should be sent to Alex Strysky via email at alexander.strysky@mass.gov or by U.S. mail to: Alex Strysky, MEPA Office, 100 Cambridge Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114. The comments should be sent to the MEPA Office by Friday March 29, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Strysky at the email or physical address above

– EFSB – April 10, 2019
Comments for the Siting Board should be sent by email to both Stephen.August@mass.gov and dpu.efiling@mass.gov or by U.S. mail to: Energy Facilities Siting Board, One South Station, Boston, Massachusetts 02110, Attention: Stephen August, Presiding Officer. The comments should be sent to the Siting Board by Wednesday April 10, 2019. The Siting Board will use the comments it receives, whether oral or written, in drafting a comment letter on the 261 Upgrade Projects to submit to FERC. If you have any questions, please contact Stephen August at the email or physical address above.

» Official notice

– FERC Comments on Environmental Assessment – June 17, 2019


NEWS

» Longmeadow Town Meeting voters approve restrictions on natural gas facilities
By Elise Linscott, MassLive
May 14, 2019

» Longmeadow residents to vote on regulations for proposed gas pipeline construction project
By WWLP.com 22 News
May 13, 2019

» Longmeadow residents to vote on proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline on May 14
By Don Shipman, WWLP
May 07, 2019

» Holyoke, Mass., Mayor Alex Morse Opposes Gas Expansion In City
By Adam Frenier, NEPR
April 23, 2019

» Earth Day Statement from Mayor Alex Morse
By Holyoke Mayor A. Morse, Holyoke.org
April 22, 2019

» Citizens speak out during Tennessee Gas Pipeline hearing
By Carling Willis, The Reminder
April 2, 2019

» State sets Longmeadow public hearing on Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion in Hampden County
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive
March 20, 2019

» Moratorium on natural gas a blessing in disguise (Letters)
By Lilly Lombard, Northampton, MassLive
February 26, 2019

» Anti-pipeline group questions HG&E moratorium decision
By GRETA JOCHEM, Daily Hampshire Gazette
February 26, 2019

» Holyoke Gas & Electric imposes moratorium on new natural gas service
By GRETA JOCHEM, Daily Hampshire Gazette
February 20, 2019

» Legislators, groups concerned about pipeline project planned for Agawam
By Richie Davis, Springfield Recorder
January 11, 2019

» Massachusetts attorney general seeks deeper review of need for natural gas projects in constrained area
By Maya Weber and Grant Gunter, S&P Global Platts
January 7, 2019

» Agawam farm family protests Tennessee Gas Pipeline land-taking
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive
December 11, 2018

» Residents at forum decry Longmeadow Country Club deal with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive
November 29, 2018

» City of Northampton opposes natural gas pipeline project in Agawam
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive
November 26, 2018

» Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans meter station at Longmeadow Country Club, documents confirm
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive
November 16, 2018

» Climate activists get involved in Agawam pipeline debate
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive
November 9, 2018

» Tennessee Gas delineates wetlands for Agawam pipeline project
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive/Springfield Republican
October 25, 2018

» Tennessee Gas seeks federal OK for Agawam pipeline, compressor
By Mary C. Serreze, MassLive / Springfield Republican
October 25, 2018


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