FERC Issues Favorable EA for Power Plant Pipeline Near Philly

In October the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection held a hearing on a proposed 488-megawatt natural gas-fired electric plant in Birdsboro, in Berks County, near Philadelphia (see PA DEP Public Hearing on Japanese Gas-Fired Elec Plant in SEPA). The project, first proposed in 2015 by Canadian-based EmberClear Corp., is making progress, as evidenced by the DEP hearing. In April of this year, two different Japanese companies, Sojitz Corporation and Tokyo Gas, each purchased a one-third share ownership of the project (see Japanese Now Own 2/3 of Marcellus-Powered Electric Plant in SEPA). You can’t have a Marcellus-fired electric plant without a pipeline to feed it. On May 1st of this year, DTE Midstream filed plans with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build 13.2-mile, 12-inch diameter pipeline from the Texas Eastern Transmission Company (TETCO) pipeline in Berks County to the Birdsboro site. On Wednesday, FERC issued a favorable environmental assessment (EA)–telegraphing that a final approval for the pipeline project is on the way soon…

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