Today, Transco filed the formal application for the NESE Project - of which Compressor 206 is a part - with FERC . At this stage, all the impacted parties like residents, organizations, townships etc will need to file as intervenors to be able to participate in the process.
From this point onwards, unless you file as an intervenor, your concerns may not be heard and you could be shut out of the process.
What does it mean to be an Intervenor ?
An intervenor is a person who reserves the right to object to a pipeline/compressor and to FERC's decisions. An intervenor can also participate in (or bring) legal proceedings involving FERC and Transco. They are also accorded elevated attention in FERC's decision making process and final decision, and intervenor comments must be addressed in FERC's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and decisions.
If you don't declare yourself as an intervenor, you can't challenge FERC, and they can ignore your comments
Follow these steps to become an intervenor in Northeast Supply Enhancement Project Docket Number: CP17-101:
Step 1: Register
Step 2: Apply to be an Intervenor
1 . Click this link to log-in with your ID: https://ferconline.ferc.gov/Login.aspx
2. Click the e-Filing link
3. Enter Filing Type information:
Step 3: Informing the Service List (Note: Also send anything you send to FERC as an Intervenor to the Service List.)
1 . Return to the FERC Online Home Page, and log in with your FERC ID & password.
4. Compose the message: Please be advised that (your name) has filed a Motion to Intervene with FERC on Docket #CP17-101
5. Close with your name and address as you have registered with FERC.
6. Click Send.
On March 18th, Dr. Curtis Nordgaard - Pediatrician and Researcher, is coming to NJ from MA to share his experience and knowledge on effects of Gas Compressor Stations on the health of the community. The venue and details about the Health Forum are listed below.
Human Health Risks of Natural Gas – presentation by Dr. Curtis Nordgaard
Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:00 pm
Sampson G. Smith School Auditorium
1649 Amwell Road – Somerset, NJ
What health conditions may be associated with compressor station emissions?
Do compressor stations emit dangerous levels of these pollutants?
Do residents living near compressor stations notice compressor emissions?
Dr. Curtis Nordgaard is a pediatrician and environmental health advocate. He is a contributing author and researcher on peer reviewed publications in cell biology, ophthalmology, and clinical medicine. Dr. Nordgaard practices pediatrics at a community health center in Boston while also providing technical guidance to organizations working on natural gas issues in Massachusetts. He is a cofounder of Massachusetts Health Care Providers against Fracked Gas.
Franklin Township Task Force organized an educational and awareness forum on the proposed Compressor Gas Station 206 and NESE Project, February 27, 2017, at Sampson G Smith School in Somerset, NJ.
Representatives from various NGOs, including NJ Sierra Club, ReThink Energy, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Food & Water Watch, presented valuable information to an audience of over 350 people. The forum focused on making people aware of the most concerning issues on health, environment, fire and safety, related to this compressor station. Tips on how to get involved in the protest by reaching out to neighbors and communities, distributing flyers at public events, writing to legislative members, elected officials and press were also discussed. Ed Potosnak, N J League of Conservation Voters, was the moderator. Franklin Township Mayor, Dr. Phil Kramer introduced the attending politicians.
RACS 206 and Central Jersey Safe Energy Coalition teams were among a number of organizations who manned tables with flyers and handouts on various related topics. The forum concluded with a Question and Answer session. Gaurav Tyagi from RACS 206 represented the group on that panel. The importance of commenting on FERC and being an intervenor in the later phase during the process was emphasized.
The task force had also arranged a few laptops in the back of the room to help people register and enter FERC comments.
Ambassador Phillip D. Murphy, who is a Democratic Party candidate in the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race, held a town hall meeting in North Brunswick on Saturday, February 11, 2017. He offered his qualifications to potential voters and spoke to his views and policies on campaign issues. Joining Ambassador Murphy at the meeting was Levi Sanders, Bernie Sander’s son.
Franklin Township Task Force member, Linda Powell, coordinated a rally with Food and Water Watch. Task Force members, including Councilman Rajiv Prasad, braved the cold outside the venue, holding signs opposing Williams Compressor Gas Station 206 and distributing flyers. Many volunteers from RACS 206 joined the group, effectively making a huge statement by the sheer numbers protesting.
Inside the venue, Phil Murphy articulated to the crowd of over 150 people that New Jersey, as a densely populated State, presented a challenge to the environment, but made clear “we” must be stewards. “Let’s get back to recognizing Climate Change”, Murphy expressed enthusiasm, rousing the audience to a round of applause.
Attendees were provided with cards to write questions on issues that concerned them. A few cards were selected and answered during the Q&A session.
Phil Murphy’s campaign manager informed attendees that each question card would be addressed and answered. RACS 206 volunteers and the Franklin Township Task Force who submitted question cards with their concerns about Compressor Station 206 are awaiting a response from Ambassador Murphy’s office.
More to come ……………………..
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Fellow New Jersey Lawmakers stand against Williams Transco Enhancement Project
Great news!! Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Fellow New Jersey Lawmakers wrote a letter to FERC expressing concerns about the the Williams Transco Enhancement Project. Here's the complete press release.
For Immediate Release
February 9, 217
Contact: Kirsten Allen, Kirsten.Allen@mail.house.gov, 202-225-5801
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Fellow New Jersey Lawmakers Pen Letter to FERC on Williams Transco Enhancement Project
WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, along with members of the state and local New Jersey government, sent a letter to Cheryl A. LaFleur, Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to express grave concerns regarding the Williams Transco’s Northeast Supply Enhancement project and proposed compressor station.
“This letter echoes the concern this community has continuously expressed to its federal, state and local elected officials as well as private sector partners. Williams has not done enough to ensure the community that these grievances are taken seriously nor done their due diligence to address the uncertainty of health and safety impacts in the surrounding communities,” said Rep. Watson Coleman. “The bipartisan group of lawmakers that signed this letter serves only to reinforce the level of community concern about this poorly planned proposal and project.”
The proposed 32,000-horsepower gas compressor is planned to be built at the Trap Rock Quarry on Route 27. Trap Rock Quarry, a quarry with active blasting, is located on New Jersey’s second largest aquifer. This quarry has been historically problematic to the health and safety of the residents in the surrounding area because of the noise, pollution and debris. Additionally, local first responders have limited access to the area and restricted fire safety resources in the event of a problem or accident at the substation.
Concerns with this project and others nationwide predicated legislation Rep. Watson Coleman introduced last year entitled the SAFER Pipelines Act. This bill would reform the gas pipeline approval process undertaken by FERC in order to ensure a comprehensive analysis that considers the cumulative impact of gas pipeline projects and better assesses need for new pipelines.
And here's the actual letter that was submitted to FERC.
On Sunday, January 29 2017, RACS 206 conducted an informative session on NESE Compressor Station 206 project in High Gate Manor community in Kendall Park, South Brunswick Township, to increase public awareness and educate them on the overall project process and how it affects the surrounding areas.
The session was organized by High Gate Manor residents and was attended by approximately 40 residents. RACS 206 members Elizabeth Roedell, Souvik Majumdar and Gaurav Tyagi volunteered their time and efforts to prepare and present this information. It was very well received and followed by a Question & Answers session.
Major points covered during the presentation
The session ended in Q&A with following action items for High Gate Manor volunteers :
FERC Review Process
Mike Spille, who has been instrumental in fighting the PennEast pipeline, visited RACS 206 on Sunday Jan 15, 2017 to give a brief talk on the fight against pipelines/compressor stations. His presentation provided insight into how Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) compares with PennEast, and offered a few tips on what should be our next steps in this protest. It was a very informative session attended by 32 residents of South Brunswick and Franklin Townships, including Councilman Ted Chase from Franklin Township.
Mike is a software architect in financial services and an abutter on PennEast pipelines. He is a co-founder of HALT PennEast, founder of West Amwell Citizens Against the Pipeline and owner of Pax Silvis LLC. Mike writes a popular Blog – The Cost of the Pipeline.
Mike’s presentation included -
Pre-filing (May 2016 to Feb 2017) is FERC’s way to try to bullet-proof applications. Pre-filing counts for nothing and has no real legal standing. When the application is submitted, pre-filing is (virtually) thrown away. All Comments submitted during Pre-filing must be resubmitted after Williams files an application.
What is NEPA: National Environmental Policy Act?
NEPA and FERC and Natural Gas Pipelines
FERC Application Filing Process -
Intervening after the application is filed – Very Important
Strategies to fight –
Editor’s Note: Although Williams Transco has selected Site B (between Routes 518 and 27) for implementation of Compressor Station 206, Site A (at the intersection of Route 27 and Promenade Boulevard) is still under consideration. Compressor Station 206 continues to be a danger to surrounding areas.
Residents Against Compressor Station 206 (RACS 206) has been incorporated as a non-profit organization which is comprised of volunteers. To that effect we have changed our domain from “www.stoptranscocompressor.org” to “www.racs206.org”. The new domain is shorter and easy to remember. The old domain will continue to work and redirect the users to the new one.
Who are we?
Residents Against Compression Station 206 is an organization formed by concerned residents of South Brunswick, Franklin and surrounding townships.
To spread awareness of the impacts of a gas compression station on health and the environment. To seek due process with FERC in methodically obtaining and analyzing all specifications and possible options of the Williams Transcontinental proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement project so as to identify the options that have the least impact on health, environment and socio-economic activities.
How will this nonprofit operate?
RACS 206 will operate on the basic tenets of transparency, fairness and mutual respect. All active participants are volunteers whose objective is to contribute as per the mission statement.
What does this mean for us as an impacted Community:
The formation of the nonprofit will help voice our concerns and issues to all the stakeholders and legislators as a united front. An organized effort will enable us to garner support from NGOS, well-wishers and others similar organizations who support our cause and our are facing a similar situation. At a future date, should this matter be litigated, we as interested members of the community can stand to benefit through our unity.
How can you get involved?
Please join us to receive regular updates on this matter. If you would like to volunteer and become involved in these efforts please let us know. No task is too small. We need hands on deck to do a myriad of tasks. If you are unable to volunteer at this point, that is okay too. We need ongoing support and we will keep you posted when your voice can count.You may also write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also seeking help of professionals in the following fields:
If you are a professional in one of these areas, please contact us as soon as possible: (insert contact link)
Senator Cory Booker was in Princeton, NJ today to open Hillary Clinton's N.J. campaign office. RACS 206 (Residents Against Compressor Station 206) volunteers took this opportunity to spread awareness of our opposition to the proposed compressor station. We showed up at the venue with home made protest signs. We were also accompanied by our kids who did a great job of shouting slogans. In fact their slogans attracted Senator Cory Booker's attention and we got the chance to interact with him for a few minutes.
We told the Senator that RACS volunteers had written to his office many times about the compressor station, but never got any reply. The Senator introduced his staff member and promised to look into our concerns.
We hope that our concerns are heard and that we get concrete help from Senator Cory Booker's office.