Dominion New Market Project

Background: A system-wide project spanning more than 200 miles across NY, that will increase the pressure in pipes that are 60 years old in places. With six new and enlarged compressor stations and other modifications in six counties (Chemung, Madison, Montgomery, Tompkins, Herkimer, and Schenectady), this project would pump 200,000 tons of additional greenhouse gas and poisonous chemicals into the air each year. (That’s like ADDING 40,000 cars to the road!) The stated purpose of this project is to serve National Grid subsidiaries. However, with the planned reversal of the Iroquois pipeline called SONO (South to North Project), which connects to Dominion’s network at Brookmans Corner, much of this gas could be exported to Canada.
Status: Opposition has been fierce. For an account of one of the FERC Open Houses for this project, click here. Eleven towns have passed resolutions opposing the project. The Madison County Health Department filed extensive comments with FERC outlining the risks to public health. In October, 2015, FERC released an Environmental Assessment, rather than doing a full Environmental Impact Statement.
For more information please view this informative website:
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More info on Brookman Corners Compressor Station, contact:
More info on the Georgetown compressor station, contact: or 
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One Response to Dominion New Market Project

  1. Keith Loomis says:

    Pipelines are organized in accordance with the 1986 Tax Reform Act as Master Limited Partnerships. They do not pay Federal Corporate Taxes since the Act exempts enterprises organized as MLP’s. Some of the investors may pay taxes on their dividends. Pipelines are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has a history of allowing pipeline firms to collect taxes and pocket them as profit. The Commission and its employees are a revolving door between regulator/regulatee.
    The public needs to know the following:
    Who are the partners and what is their role and contribution to the MLP? Who is responsible for the pipeline’s operation and oversight of maintenance, inspections and public safety?
    The public also has the right to know how all 200 pipeline firms are organized, their profits, taxing programs, investor dividends whether from profits and/or new investors, and there overall safety record.
    An Executive and Legislative investigation of all these matters should be undertaken before any approval of any new pipelines are approved.
    The time has come when we must begin thinking and planning for the dismantling of much of the fossil fuel infrastructure which will become obsolete and unnecessary. Who should be responsible for the planning, the oversight and the cost of dismantling and the resulting environmental clean-up? Think coal bailouts, abandoned pipelines & oil refineries, fracking pads & waste water disposal sites and other base support facilities. Campaign money will play a big role in how our politicians meet these problems. Some will deny the very existence, others will attempt to satisfy both ends with public tax dollars, but personally, I feel the industry should be held responsible and the collection of fees should begin NOW!

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