Catherine R. McCabe, Commissioner
C/O Matthew Resnick
Division of Land Use Regulation
Mail Code 501-02A
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
RE: File No. 0000-01-10001.3 Williams' proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement CSW180001 Coastal Wetland, FHA180002 Flood Hazard Area, WFD180001, and WFD180002 Waterfront Development
Dear Commissioner McCabe:
I’m writing to support the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE). This $1 billion investment is a critical expansion of existing energy infrastructure that will provide northeastern energy consumers greater access to reliable, clean-burning and affordable energy. Once in service, NESE will deliver affordable, domestically sourced natural gas to millions of American homes and businesses that currently depend on more costly and less reliable forms of energy.
NESE will provide National Grid access to an additional 400 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to meet the company’s growing energy demands and enable the transportation of additional natural gas supply, which will result in the displacement of the equivalent of 900,000 barrels of heating oil in the first year and the reduction of CO2 emissions by up to 200,000 tons per year. That’s the equivalent of removing nearly 500,000 cars from the road.
This expansion of the natural gas infrastructure network in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey is expected to support more than 3,000 regional jobs and generate approximately $240 million in additional economic activity (GDP) in New Jersey. NESE will create tremendous opportunity for union laborers, local businesses and members of the workforce who depend on infrastructure projects like this to provide for their families.
FERC's Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) found the project would have “less than significant” environmental impacts if Williams follows mitigation measures proposed by the company and FERC. Since the project was introduced several years ago, Williams has demonstrated its commitment to follow these measures by working with stakeholders and environmental professionals to identify potential issues or concerns and then modifying the project design to further minimize potential impacts.
I stand with New Jersey residents and businesses and all who will benefit from increased natural gas access by supporting NESE, and I urge the NJDEP to issue necessary permits for this critical project without further delay.
Northeast Supply Enhancement Supporter
On June 12, Williams filed new applications with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for water quality permits, showing that the issues raised by the NJDEP in its permit denial have been addressed in order to remain on schedule to begin service by the 2020/2021 winter season. Help us send another strong message in support of this important project. We are actively coordinating with the NJDEP to ensure that our permit applications are viewed as technically complete and can be processed in a timely manner.
Your support is critical: Please sign the support petition that we will submit it to the NJDEP before the public comment period ends.