On May 5th, 2016 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project. The Draft EIS consists of three documents totaling over 1,300 pages. All infrastructural projects of this type require impact statements to assess the environmental effects of project construction and operation according to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EIS is required to compare the proposed project submitted by the company to all possible alternatives. These alternatives include different locations or routes identified by the company or stakeholders in the project (landowners, government, etc) and the “no action” alternative. A map of the most recent route and the recommended changes by FERC can be found below.
The Draft EIS for the Atlantic Sunrise project has a limited public comment period which currently end on June 27, 2016. Due to the bulk of the information, many are requesting an extension of the comment period which you can do online or by mail (Docket # CP15-138). There will also be 4 public comment meetings, all beginning at 7 PM, where you can share your comments and concerns.
Extend the Comment Period Letter!
The Draft Environmental Impact statement is long and complex. Please join us in requesting that FERC extend the public comment period so that folks can adequately respond to the DEIS. It’s fast and easy, and anyone can submit comments. From FERC: “Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS may do so.”
You can copy the letter or edit as you see fit. Thanks for your help! Please contact us with any questions.
Dear FERC and To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing to ask that you extend the public comment period for the DEIS of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. (FERC Docket: CP 15-138)
I and many in the community have jobs and full lives, and in order for us to pore through all layers of the document, and have time to respond adequately (without sacrificing our jobs and livelihoods), we will need more than the allotted time between now and June 27, 2016.
The Atlantic Sunrise Proposal is a project that would greatly affect anyone living along or near the proposed path. It is a meager request to have an extended period of time to address the multiple impacts we will have to live with the rest of our lives and for generations to come.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
[Your Name Here]
To submit your comment, click here and follow the directions, or mail it to:
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426
FERC evaluated three major alternatives to the pipeline route and 22 minor alternatives. Four of the minor alternatives are recommended, and are shown in the map below. These can be found in the Draft EIS on page 3-1 (p. 97 of 472).
FERC states that the “no-action” alternative would “eliminate the short and long term environmental impacts, but the objectives of Transco would not be met… there is no available capacity for existing pipeline systems to transport the required volumes of natural gas to the range of delivery points…with the exception of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, none of these existing pipeline systems are in close proximity to the production areas of northern Pennsylvania.”