Construction could begin as soon as next year on a 9.5-mile natural gas pipeline that would run from Pennsylvania-produced natural gas through eastern Broome County and across the East Coast, the Press & Sun-Bulletin reports today.
Tulsa, Okla.-based Williams Co. filed an application this month with state utility regulators to build a 16-inch-diameter pipeline parallel and identical to its existing one in order to accommodate increasing quantities of natural gas, the paper reported.
New York has a de facto moratorium on natural-gas drilling in New York, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week that no decision is imminent.
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Dubbed the “NY Mainline Loop Pipeline,” the new line would run parallel to Williams’ existing pipeline from Susquehanna County, Pa., to the 30-inch diameter Millennium Pipeline, a major transmission conduit that runs across portions of the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley and connects to major markets in the Northeast. The proposed line would run through the Town of Windsor.
The original pipeline was constructed in 2011 by Laser Northeast Gathering Company to serve nine northern Pennsylvania natural gas wells, and purchased by Williams this February.
The pipeline now gathers natural gas from 120 wells and it is anticipated approximately 180 Pennsylvania wells will be attached by Dec. 31, 2014, according to the company’s Dec. 2 application to the Public Service Commission, the state agency that must approve the project in order for it to move forward.
The existing pipeline “is almost, and will be in the near future, at full capacity,” Williams said in its application.
“The more natural gas that those facilities can move, then the more gas that reaches the New York market,” said Williams spokeswoman Helen Humphreys. “New York markets are expected to increase significantly in the coming years. There’s a great demand for natural gas.”