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FERC issues EA for Adelphia Gateway pipeline project

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Adelphia Gateway, LLC announced on Friday that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Staff had issued its Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Project, recommending that the FERC Certificate Order for the Project contain a finding of no significant environmental impact.

"Adelphia Gateway is an important project that will deliver clean, low cost natural gas to constrained markets in the Greater Philadelphia region," said Steve Westhoven, President and Chief Operating Officer of New Jersey Resources, the parent company of Adelphia Gateway.

"We are pleased FERC Staff issued the Environmental Assessment and confirmed the project will have no significant environmental impact as it converts an existing pipeline to natural gas. We look forward to continuing to work with regulators and local communities to place Adelphia Gateway into service."    

The EA process is designed to independently analyse Adelphia Gateway's proposed conversion of an existing oil pipeline to natural gas and assess potential environmental impacts of the construction and operation of the Project. Following receipt of a FERC Certificate Order and all other necessary regulatory approvals, Adelphia Gateway expects the Project to be placed into service in 2019.

The Adelphia Gateway Project will convert 50 miles of an existing 84 mile pipeline — spanning portions of Delaware, Chester, Bucks, Montgomery and Northampton counties — from oil to natural gas. The northern 34 miles of the pipeline, which extends from western Bucks County to the Martins Creek terminal in Northampton County, has delivered natural gas since 1996. The Project also involves construction of compressor station facilities in West Rockhill Township and Lower Chichester Township and approximately 4.7 miles of new laterals in Delaware County, Pennsylvania and New Castle County, Delaware.

When commissioned, the Adelphia Gateway Project will deliver natural gas to serve customers in the Greater Philadelphia region. The additional supply is anticipated to benefit Philadelphia consumers through energy market savings and resulting economic benefits of approximately US$677 million over the first 15 years that Adelphia Gateway is in service.

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