The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given the Spectra Access Northeast project the docket number #PF16-1.

Anyone who has submitted letters to FERC, RE-SUBMIT WITH THE DOCKET NUMBER #PF16-1.  Make sure the docket number is in bold or prominent in some way.

Status: Spectra Access Northeast pre-filed with FERC.  Formal Scoping Comment period ended, but scoping comments are still being received. Here are Spectra maps showing project components and abutters’ properties.

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Anticipated Access Northeast Project Schedule

  • Feb/May 2015 – Conduct Open Season
  • Aug/Sept/Oct 2015 – Conduct Landowner Information Meetings
  • Nov 2015  – Request Pre-Filing Initiation
  • Dec 2015 – Submit Draft Resource Reports 1 & 10 (Description & Alternatives)
  • Jan 2016 – Conduct Open Houses
  • Jun 2016 – Submit Draft Resource Reports
  • Nov 2016 – File FERC Certificate Application
  • Dec 2016 – Submit Federal and State Permit Applications
  • Jan 2018 – FERC issues Certificate

From the November 3 Spectra Access Northeast Pre-Filing:

To meet the target date for initial project in-service, Algonquin requests that the Director of the Office of Energy Projects issue a notice approving use of the Pre-Filing Review Process by November 13, 2015. Algonquin intends to submit an initial draft of Environmental Resource Report No. 1 and a draft alternatives analysis within 30 days of the date that the notice authorizing use of the Pre-Filing Review Process is issued, and a draft of all Environmental Resource Reports no later than June 2016. Algonquin anticipates submitting the certificate application for the Project in November 2016. Algonquin is committed to addressing environmental and landowner concerns as part of the Pre-Filing Review Process and requests issuance of a final environmental document no later than October 2017 and a certificate order no later than January 2018.
Adhering to this timeline will allow for receipt of any remaining applicable permits and authorizations necessary for Algonquin to begin pre-construction activities, including the orderly mobilization of contractors and materials and the resolution of any outstanding landowner issues, and allow for construction to commence as soon as feasible in 2018. Timely commencement of these activities in early 2018 is critical to ensure an initial project in-service date of November 1, 2018.


» How to file a Motion to Intervene
(This cannot be done until the project is formally filed and FERC accepts application. )


We HIGHLY recommend eSubscribing to the Docket numbers for the pipelines. This will deliver any comments, filings and notifications directly to your inbox. The Spectra Access Northeast Docket number is #PF16-1.

For those who prefer snail-mail, you can mail your comments in. They will scan them and upload the scan into the digital docket files.
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426

For those who wish to address the Chairman directly:
Chairman Norman Bay
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426
Telephone: 202-502-8961

If you have questions for FERC, their Public Inquiry lines are:
Toll-free: 1-866-208-3372
TTY: 202-502-8659

Additional Informational Resources on FERC:

If you’re unfamiliar with what happens at FERC, your role and the timing of the process, we highly recommend listening to a presentation made by Shanna Cleveland of Conservation Law Foundation to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Sept. 18, 2014.  Her talk on FERC starts at 1:19:40.
» Watch the BRPC meeting here
and forward to 1:19:40 for FERC info

» FERC publishes Citizens’ Guides on how to be a part of the FERC process. You can visit the webpage here, or download the “An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land? What Do I Need To Know?” pdf.


“In considering the impact of new construction projects on existing pipelines, the Commission’s goal is to appropriately consider the enhancement of competitive transportation alternatives, the possibility of overbuilding, the avoidance of unnecessary disruption of the environment, and the unneeded exercise of eminent domain. Of course, this policy statement is not a rule. In stating the evaluation criteria, it is the Commission’s intent to evaluate specific proposals based on the facts and circumstances relevant to the application and to apply the criteria on a case-by-case basis.”
Read more …

» Here is a guide put out by the Offices of Carolyn Elefant called “Knowing and Protecting Your Rights When An Interstate Gas Pipeline Comes To Your Community.”

» FERC’s Guidance Manual for Environmental Report Preparation
A “cookbook” for sponsors of natural gas projects to follow