Today, Dominion Transmission Inc. with its “New Market Project” wants to dramatically expand the capacity of its 200-mile long pipeline in New York to bring more fracked gas from Pennsylvania to the Finger Lakes, Syracuse, Utica, and Albany. The company proposes to build additional compressor stations in Chemung and Madison Counties (Horseheads, NY and Georgetown, NY), massively expand another compressor station in Montgomery County (Minden, NY), and install additional equipment in Tompkins , Herkimer, and Schenectady County. The project would add a total of 33,000 horsepower of compression to an aging pipeline and dump over 200,000 tons of greenhouse gas and hazardous pollutants into the air every year.
Dominion’s pipeline was built 50 years ago and therefore suffers from corrosion and construction methods inferior to those of today. FERC must analyze the public safety and health impacts of pipeline failure including leaks, fire, and explosion that could result from transporting more gas in a pipeline that may not be able to withstand the additional stress.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is reviewing this as an accelerated “Environmental Assessment”(EA) rather than an appropriate “Environmental Impact Statement” (EIS).
Dominion wants to install polluting reciprocating compressors at Brookmans Corner to move gas onto the Iroquois pipeline. DEC must analyze how this relates to the proposed South-to-North (SoNo) project that would reverse flow of the Iroquois pipeline to Canada. This reversal means that much of the additional gas that Dominion transports will actually be exported out of the U.S. and that New Yorkers will pay with higher gas prices and end up with impaired health.