Williams Letter to FERC: Please Hurry Up Atlantic Sunrise Cert

As MDN reported last week, on the last business day of 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a favorable final environmental impact statement (EIS) for one of the major pipeline projects in the Marcellus/Utica: the $3 billion Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project (see FERC Approves Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline! Cabot Grabs More Capacity). What’s left to do now? FERC must issue the final certificate that allows the company to start the backhoes and begin construction. Williams (under the subsidiary name of the Transco pipeline), sent a letter to FERC on Jan. 5 requesting FERC to issue that certificate no later than Feb. 16. Why? To “begin preparations to finalize federal and state permits as well as plan for construction to comply with restrictive environmental windows, specifically tree clearing within key habitat areas and installation through certain water bodies.” Williams/Transco has a lot to do in a short period of time if they are to keep this project on track for a mid-2018 launch. If they get the final certificate by mid-February they can clear trees by the end of the month and get ready for initial construction this summer. Williams plans to have at least some of the pipeline project up and running by the end of this year! And the rest by summer of 2018. So the letter (full copy below) is a “pretty please, would you hurry it up” request…

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