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.