Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Gas Pipeline Project

The project would increase Transco capacity- enough to serve about 2 million homes.


A proposed natural gas pipeline project that would run through Princeton will be the topic of discussion at a public meeting on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building at 400 Witherspoon Street. 

A letter to affected landowners offers information about the project. 

"As you may be aware, Williams operates a natural gas transmission pipeline, the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco), which transports much of the natural gas consumed in your region," read part of a Jan. 30 letter from Carol Peabody, senior land representative at Williams. 

The project is a proposed expansion of the Transco Mainline and Leidy Systems in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and includes new pipeline facilities, additional compression and facility modifications.

Williams anticipates the project will require construction of approximately 6.36 miles of new 42-inch pipeline or "loop" (new pipeline laid parallel to existing lines) in Montgomery Township and Princeton.

It is designed to increase the Transco pipeline’s capacity by 469,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day (enough to serve about 2 million homes). 

Company personnel and its consultants are now seeking permission to conduct local property surveys, information that will used to determine the precise location of the proposed pipeline.

The company is conducting informational meetings about the proposal this spring, with plans to submit an official application to FERC in the fall, begin construction in Fall 2014 and have the project completed by December 2015. 

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