Antis Oppose Williams Plan to Beef Up Compressor in Essex, NJ

Gateway Expansion Project – click for larger version

Last November Williams filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to upgrade certain facilities in New Jersey along the Williams mighty Transco Pipeline, in order to flow an extra 65,000 dekatherms per day (or 65 million cubic feet) of natural gas to a couple of utility companies that have already signed on the dotted line as customers (see Williams Files FERC Appl for Transco “Gateway Expansion Project”). The project is called the Transco “Gateway Expansion Project” and will cost roughly $85 million. The upgrades include a new compressor unit at Transco’s existing Compressor Station 303 in Essex County, NJ, a new valve and electric transformer also in Essex County, and equipment upgrades at a metering station in Passaic County, NJ. Both PSEG Power and UGI Energy Services have signed up to receive the extra gas–to be distributed to their customers in the region. There is a public hearing tonight in Essex County concerning the compressor station. Big Green group Food & Water Watch (one of the worst of the worst) is planning to import protesters to try and disrupt the meeting, stirring up opposition by lying about the project and its safety. Meanwhile, Williams points out they’ve operated five compressor stations, including Station 303 in Essex, for “decades” with no accidents and a stellar safety record…

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