On June 20th, 2020, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company LLC filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking the issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct, install, modify, operate, and maintain certain compression facilities located in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
On the New Jersey side, the proposed project consists of:
- Modifications and expansion of the Wantage Compressor Station in Sussex County, New Jersey, including installation of one Solar Titan 130 turbine with an ISO rating of 20,500 hp and auxiliary facilities
- Construction of one new electric-driven compressor station, identified as CS 327, along Tennessee’s existing 300 Line in the Township of West Milford in Passaic County, New Jersey, including the installation of a new electric motor driven compressor unit with a rating of 19,000 hp and auxiliary facilities. The proposed site for the new compressor station is a previously disturbed industrial parcel, formerly used as a quarry and other industrial and commercial purposes.
On the Pennsylvania side, the proposed project consists of:
- Installation of one Solar Taurus 70 turbine and auxiliary facilities, including additional cooling equipment and filter separators, at an existing Compressor Station in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposed compressor station is part of the East 300 Upgrade Project. The proposed 47-acre site off Burnt Meadow Road site is right next to Hewitt Brook and the Wanaque River which flows is connected to Beech Brook, Monksville Reservoir, and Wanaque Reservoir.
- These facilities release harmful air pollutants such as NOx, PM2.5, Sox, VOCs, HAPs such as formaldehyde, benzene, and GHG’s.
- The proposed site is like a bowl so whatever goes into the air gets into the water and reservoir through air deposition.
- Chromium, benzene and hydrocarbons can get into industrial stormwater runoff that will increase pollution and flooding.
- Blowdowns are common for these facilities and when done sound very much like a jet engine.
Impact to Critical Streams/Ecosystems
- Compressor stations will create water pollution with its runoff in the Highlands Forest Preservation Area near two major water supply reservoirs and Category 1 streams.
- There’s even a chance for groundwater pollution which would be detrimental to this region where people rely on wells for drinking water.
Tennessee Pipeline Co. Track Record
- Tennessee Gas Company’s 300-line project completed in November of 2011 seriously damaged Lake Lookover and Bearfort Waters.
- The company was often found to not be in compliance with its own mitigation measures. There were significant erosion problems, mudslides, especially in areas of steep slopes, resulting in the siltation and destruction of waterways.
- Residents along the route complained of increased flooding and impacts to drinking water wells.
See a presentation describing efforts to oppose the project here.