Williams Transco Notifies FERC It Will Not Seek Further Extension of Federal Approval For NESE Fossil Gas Pipeline Project

Newark, New Jersey – Eastern Environmental Law Center (“EELC”) is pleased to share that Williams Transco has formally notified regulators that it will not seek further extension of federal approval for the “Northeast Supply Enhancement” (“NESE”) fossil gas pipeline project before that approval expires in May.  NESE was designed to expand Transco’s existing fossil gas transmission system through Pennsylvania and New Jersey to New York. 

In May 2021, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) granted Williams Transco an extension of time to build a gas compressor station and 27-mile pipeline expansion through New Jersey communities, Raritan Bay, Lower New York Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean from Sayreville, New Jersey to Rockaway, New York. NESE’s greenhouse gas emissions – estimated at over 15 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year – would exacerbate climate change and profoundly impact New Jersey’s communities and environment. 

EELC and its clients, Central Jersey Safe Energy Coalition, Food & Water Watch, NY/NJ Baykeeper and Princeton Manor Homeowners Association, have worked tirelessly in opposing the project.  EELC’s work was made possible by generous support from the Environmental Endowment for New Jersey, F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Fund For New Jersey, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Victoria Foundation and Princeton Walk and The Woods Homeowners Associations.

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