Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tales From the FERC Files



                  Milkweed, wild, Floyd Bennett Field: my choice for a preferred partner in the park

If you've never had the pleasure of a natural gas pipeline and associated above ground infrastructure proposed to run through and operate in a park near you, you have missed out indeed on being inundated with last minute changes and enormous volumes of paperwork to read through in the FERC files. For the Rockaway Pipeline lateral with the awesome new park improvement, an acre natural gas facility proposed for historic hangars in Floyd Bennett Field right alongside recreational users of the park, it has been a busy month in the FERC files. Just as a draft EIS was anticipated on the project, a "separate" project was deemed connected and is being tacked on. That project involves compression work back along Transco's pipeline almost to the Maryland border and as far as I can tell seems to be the source of the only incremental gas being supplied by the project. If you didn't know the Rockaway Pipeline lateral seems to be supplying the least amount of additional gas into New York City of the two recently FERC approved pipeline expansions into Brooklyn and New York City, what can I say? You probably are getting your information on the project from the news and its doubtful that there is a reporter or newspaper with the time to spend dedicated to this unimportant project through the public beach and park. Why this connected project has only recently been introduced, who knows?  Perhaps for the same reason that it was also only recently revealed that National Grid would like an additional pipe connected to the metering and regulating facility in the park?  It's a good thing for National Grid that the National Park Service decided to place the facility in the park and to testify in Congress in order to ensure that their choice for the placement of that facility catupulted to the top of the list of sites being considered before the first public meetings were held on the project now isn't it?  Already it seems the companies that want to build their infrastructure in the park seem to have catapulted to the top of the list of important park users.

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