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.