The Equitrans Expansion Project (EEP or Project) is designed to transport up to 600,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/day) of natural gas from production supply in the central Appalachian Basin, to the growing demand generated by local distribution companies, industrial users, and power generation facilities located in the northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions of the United States. The proposed Project would utilize existing interconnects, including Texas Eastern Transmission, LP and Dominion Transmission, Inc., as well as a proposed future interconnect and tap with Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC.
The pipeline and compressor station assets related to the expansion project will be operated by Equitrans, LP (Equitrans) – a wholly owned subsidiary of EQM Midstream Partners, LP, based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Equitrans has significant experience in designing, building, and operating natural gas pipelines in the Appalachian region; including extensive natural gas gathering, storage, and transmission operations that service western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.
EQM Midstream Partners, LP (EQM) is a growth-oriented limited partnership formed to own, operate, acquire, and develop midstream assets in the Appalachian Basin. As the third largest gatherer of natural gas in the United States, EQM provides midstream services to producers, utilities, and other customers through its strategically located natural gas transmission, storage, and gathering systems, and water services to support energy development and production in the Marcellus and Utica regions. EQM owns approximately 950 miles of FERC-regulated interstate pipelines and approximately 2,130 miles of high- and low-pressure gathering lines.
Expansion Project Elements:
The largest element of the Project includes the replacement of the existing 4,800 horsepower Pratt Compressor Station with an expanded, state-of-the-art 31,300 horsepower facility, to be named Redhook Compressor Station, located in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
The next portion of the Project includes approximately 2.99 miles of 30” diameter pipeline between the Redhook Compressor Station and the existing H-302 pipeline in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Also, the Project includes approximately 4.26 miles of 20” diameter pipeline between the Applegate Gathering System and Equitrans’ existing H-148 pipeline in Allegheny and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania. Approximately 0.58 mile of 6”, 12” and 24” diameter pipeline extensions will be included between the Redhook Compressor Station and existing pipelines in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Additionally, approximately 0.04 mile of 16” diameter pipeline will be installed in Wetzel County, West Virginia.
Finally, the Project includes the Webster Interconnect and Mobley Tap to deliver natural gas volumes into Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC’s proposed pipeline in Wetzel County, West Virginia.
The Equitrans Expansion Project:
- Is an incremental and necessary investment in the U.S. energy infrastructure
- Will help producers to meet the nation’s growing need for natural gas
- Will provide access to reliable, clean-burning domestic natural gas supplies from the Appalachian basin for delivery to markets in the northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States
- Public participation and comment is important to us:
Communications and Regulatory Information
As the lead federal agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will oversee the federal permitting process for the Equitrans Expansion Project (EEP or Project) and will also coordinate with other federal, state, and local agencies during the environmental review process to identify potential environmental concerns.
Health, Safety, and Environment:
- U.S. Department of Transportation statistics confirm that natural gas transmission pipelines are the safest form of energy transportation
- Construction and operation of transmission lines follow strict federal and state guidelines that minimize environmental impacts
- At Equitrans, safety is a core value
- Equitrans has a steadfast commitment to the protection of the environment and is committed to conducting its business operations in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner at all times
Regulatory Documents and Approvals:
Equitrans initiated the FERC regulatory review process in April 2015 – and pending regulatory approvals – construction of the Project is anticipated to begin in December 2016, with completion of all Project components expected during the fourth quarter 2018. Most documents related to the EEP are available as public information at any time. To review the FERC pre-filing documents or any subsequent documents, please visit the FERC’s online eLibrary at: http://elibrary.ferc.gov and use the project’s docket number to search.
- The EEP pre-filing docket number was PF15-22 (specify dates or select “All” as the date range for the search)
- Since filing the formal application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, the Project was assigned a new Docket Number of CP16-13.
Timely and Transparent Communications:
The “FERC Citizen’s Guide” will help guide you through important information related to proposed federal pipeline projects, such as:
- What rights you have as a landowner
- How the location of a pipeline or other facilities is decided
- What safety and environmental issues might be involved in a FERC project
- The FERC Citizen’s Guide and other useful information concerning natural gas pipelines is available online at: http://www.ferc.gov/
Equitrans, along with federal and state regulatory agencies, will also have opportunities for landowners and other interested parties to ask questions and provide comments through:
- Community Open Houses to present the project to landowners and stakeholders affected by the project
- Comment Solicitation from landowners, community leaders, and citizens through public meetings, 1-855-EEP-7675, and www.equitransproject.com
- Update Meetings with elected officials and legislators at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure their constituents are well-informed
- Public participation and comment:
- Call us: 1-855-EEP-7675
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org