ENB Region 2 Completed Applications 01/18/2012
Texas Eastern Transmission Corp
5400 Westheimer Court
Houston, TX 77056 -5310
Texas Eastern Transmission Corp
Western Ave & Goethals
Staten Island, NY 10314
Permit(s) Applied for:
Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES - Surface Discharge
Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Article 25 Tidal Wetlands
Project is Located:
Staten Island, Multiple Counties
The project sponsor is proposing to undertake the NJ-NY Expansion Project, which includes 19.8 miles of multi-diameter natural gas pipeline in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut owned by Texas Eastern Transmission, LP and Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC. In New York, the pipeline will enter Staten Island via horizontal direction drill (HDD) under the Arthur Kill. On Staten Island, the project will involve the abandonment of 1.2 miles of existing 12-inch diameter pipeline, removal and/or replacement of existing 12-inch diameter pipeline with approximately 1.4 miles of 42-inch diameter pipeline, the construction of 2.1 miles of new 30-inch diameter pipeline, and minor changes at the existing Texas Eastern Meter and Regulator Station 058. Approximately 1.6 miles of the pipeline on Staten Island will be installed via HDD. The remainder of the line will be installed via open trench and is primarily located within existing Texas Eastern right-of-way or within existing roadways. The pipeline will exit Staten Island via HDD and cross the Kill Van Kull into Bayonne, New Jersey. The 30-inch pipeline will reenter New York via HDD under the Hudson River from Jersey City, NJ to Manhattan, making landfall at the Gansevoort Peninsula. The project also involves the installation of a new meter and regulator station adjacent to the existing Algonquin meter and regulator station in Ramapo, NY. Within New York, the entire project will involve the temporary disturbance of approximately 10.5 acres of freshwater and tidal wetlands. The Department has approved the applicant's Wetland Restoration Plan for those wetland areas disturbed by project construction. The HDD in the Hudson River will require the excavation of approximately 100 cubic yards of sediment near landfall in New York. A turbidity curtain will be installed along the outer boundaries of the dredging footprint in New York City and the material will be excavated utilizing an environmental bucket. During construction on Staten Island and Manhattan the project sponsor will discharge treated wastewater as a result of trench dewatering at various rates and volumes. In addition, water used during pipeline hydrostatic testing will be discharged on Staten Island and at the Ramapo meter and regulator Station. Pursuant to Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act, the Department has determined the project meets all New York State water quality standards. The Department has made a tentative determination to approve the applications. For the wastewater discharge portion of the project, the Department has prepared a draft State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit. The overall project is subject to approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pursuant to Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act (FERC Docket Nos. CP11-56-000 and PF10-17-000). FERC has issued a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. The permit applications, draft SPDES permit, and FERC's DEIS for the project can be reviewed on the applicant's website at www.yesgaspipeline.org.
Availability of Application Documents:
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.
SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.
This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Feb 17, 2012.
Christopher M Hogan
Albany, NY 12233