Appalmad challenges improper segmentation of three Pennsylvania pipeline projects

Appalmad recently filed a motion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission challenging its review of several proposed fracked gas pipeline projects in Pennsylvania. Our motion focused on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company’s proposed Susquehanna West, Triad Expansion, and Orion projects. We argue that the impacts of several projects from the same company — all meant to enhance the same main pipeline, all in five adjacent Pennsylvania counties — must be considered together, rather than piecemeal. We raised the concern that review of these projects was improperly segmented in efforts to avoid finding any of the projects’ impacts significant.

Each project would add significant capacity to Tennessee Gas’s 300 Line, a major pipeline for shipping fracked gas to into Northeast and New England markets. Susquehanna West would add 145,000 Dth/d of capacity and involve 8.1 miles of new 36-inch pipeline looping in Tioga County, PA. The Triad Expansion would add 180,000 Dth/d and involve roughly 7 miles of 36-inch looping in Susquehanna County, PA. The Orion Project would involve 13 miles of looping in Pike and Wayne counties, PA, and modifications to a compressor station in Pike County. Orion would add 135,000 Dth/d to TGP’s system.

Appalmad previously filed significant comments on Environmental Assessment for the project as well as on the company’s request for Water Quality Certification under the Clean Water Act.

We filed this motion on behalf of the Allegheny Defense Project and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability.