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ENB Multiregion and Statewide Completed Applications 02/07/2007

Multiple Counties

Applicant: Millennium Pipeline Company LP
PO Box 2002
Binghamton, NY 13902 -2002
Facility: Millennium Pipeline
Steuben to Rockland County Via Southern Ti Er
Statewide, NY
Application ID: 0-9999-00055/00003
Permit(s) Applied for: Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification
Project is Located: Several Counties throughout the State
Project Description:
As currently proposed, the project would install and operate approximately 181.7 miles of 30 inch diameter natural gas pipeline from the Corning Compressor Station in Steuben  County, through Chemung, Tioga, Broome, Delaware, Sullivan and Orange Counties, to the Ramapo Metering Station in Rockland County.  Much of the project will utilize the existing Columbia Gas A-5 Line and involves either replacing that line, abandoning it in place, or using portions of that line.

Generally, construction will require a 75 foot wide right-of-way, of which 50 feet would be maintained as permanent ROW. The project will require crossing 260 perennial waterbodies and 21.7 miles of wetlands.  Most of the project construction is proposed for 2008, although some tree clearing for Indiana bats and the crossing of the East Branch of the Delaware is proposed for 2007.  

The Department issued a water quality certification (WQC) to the Millennium Pipeline Company (Millennium) on December 8, 1999 and subsequently modified that certification on February 14, 2000.  The federal agency responsible for overall siting of the project, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), issued a final order approving the Millennium project on September 19, 2002.  The original Millennium proposal has since been modified and the project now is one of five proposed facilities that make up what is labeled the Northeast (NE)-07 Project.  The other component facilities of the NE-07 Project in New York are the Empire State Pipeline Inc. Empire Connector Project and the Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC Ramapo Replacement Project and they will each require their own water quality certifications.    

The current modification request by Millennium, in large part, downsizes the original length of the Millennium project.  This included eliminating the original proposal to cross the Hudson River and proceed through parts of Westchester County, as well as eliminating the crossing of Lake Erie and and the crossing of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties.  It also now includes proposed changes to water body crossing methods such as for Catherine Creek, Catatonk Creek, Chenango River, Owego Creek, Nanticoke Creek, Susquehanna River, West Branch Delaware River, East Branch Delaware River, Wallkill River and Pochuck Creek, as well as several minor routing variations from the previously approved route.

FERC approved the modified Millennium Project, as well as the other NE-07 project components, on December 21, 2006.  The Department's jurisdiction is limited to reviewing the application for revisions to the WQC.
Availability of Application Documents:
Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law during normal business hours at the address of the contact person.
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.
Coastal Management:
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not 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 Mar 08, 2007.
Contact: Jeffrey Gregg
NYSDEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518)402-9167
depprmt@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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