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Millennium Eastern System Upgrade (incl Highland & Hancock Compressors)

The Millennium Pipeline Company (Millennium) has announced its proposed Eastern System Upgrade Project—which includes:

  • a new 22,400 horsepower compressor station in the Town of Highland, NY
  • addition of a new 22,400 horsepower compressor unit at the existing Hancock Compressor Station in Delaware County, NY
  • installation of 7.3 miles of new 36-inch pipeline parallel to Millennium’s existing 24-inch line between the Huguenot and Westtown meter stations in Orange County, NY 
The process was set into motion on January 19, 2016 when Millennium filed a Request for Pre-Filing Review with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The project’s Pre-filing docket number is PF16-3. 
 
FERC Issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the project on November 28, 2017.  NY DEC also issued needed approvals including a 401 Certificate and a SPDES Permit.
 
In response, December 1, 2017 the Delaware Riverkeeper Network filed two challenges to approval of the Millennium Eastern System Upgrade Project.  First, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) filed a petition for review with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit regarding the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision granting Millennium Pipeline Company’s (Millennium) application for a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for the Eastern System Upgrade (ESU) Project.  Second, the organization filed a rehearing request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asking for reconsideration of their November 28 issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to the Project.  The rehearing request was accompanied by a motion for a stay of any construction activity and any other land disturbance conducted under the Certificate, pending review of the Order on rehearing.  Press release and legal filings can be found below.

 

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