Columbia Pipeline’s East Side Expansion Project Goes Online

we are onlineYes, it takes years from the first announcement of a new pipeline project until it’s done and “in service.” In October 2012 MDN told you about a new project from then NiSource and it’s Columbia Pipeline subsidiary called the East Side Expansion (see NiSource Announces Pipeline Expansion Project for Marcellus). Since that time NiSource and Columbia have been separated into two companies with Columbia Pipeline keeping the East Side Expansion project, a project that adds 312 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) on the Columbia pipeline system. East Side Expansion involves upgrading compressor stations and adding two short segments of new natural gas pipelines in Chester County, PA and Gloucester County, NJ (Philadelphia area). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the project in December 2014 and construction began shortly after (see FERC Approves Columbia East Side Project in SE PA). Last Friday Columbia announced the East Side Expansion project was placed in service, three years after it was first announced. FERC is hardly the “rubber stamp” organization anti-fossil fuel objectors make it out to be, conducting multi-year top-to-bottom reviews to ensure public safety and to ensure the environment is not adversely affected by new pipeline projects…

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