Draft EIS for Spectra Pipeline is Released; Public Comment Period Opens -- Deadline is Oct. 31

FERC has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Spectra pipeline project. As expected, FERC has recommended approval of the pipeline, stating repeatedly that Spectra's mitigation suggestions are adequate to protect residents in New York and New Jersey. This recommendation comes on the heels of Spectra being cited for 17 inadequacies in its pipeline safety operations and procedures, such as pipeline surveillance, emergency plans, and welding procedures. This release opens the final public comment period, which will conclude on Oct 31th. Find a sample comment letter here:  http://dl.dropbox.com/u/41163777/FERC%20letterDB.pdf

In addition to commenting, it is suggested that interested stakeholders become intervenors, which provides legal standing that simply commenting does not. Register to intervene before Oct. 31st. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/41163777/How%20to%20Become%20an%20Intervenor.pdf

In July, more than 2500 petitions requesting a resolution against the Spectra Pipeline were presented to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman James Gennaro, and Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio. We hope that this EIS release will provide the opportunity for NYC officials to issue public statements regarding their position on the pipeline, and in support of public safety and welfare, which is not served by this pipeline.

Stay tuned for info about FERC public hearings; dates and locations to be announced.

The attached links will open PDFs of the various sections of the EIS. If you are short on time, #5, the Executive Summary, is a brief introduction.

1. cover of dEIS (4 pages): http://db.tt/HM0KkYi

2. Notice of EIS release/how to comment (4 pages): http://db.tt/wVFGsyj

3. Table of Contents of dEIS (19 pages): http://db.tt/8kVOb43

4. Intro to dEIS (16 pages) http://db.tt/zEHTehW

5. Executive Summary of dEIS (11 pages): http://db.tt/E1HXlib

6. Project Description (42 pages primarily about construction methods): http://db.tt/X7d4OMQ

7. Alternatives (114 pages), The first 18 pages discuss alternative options such as not building, conservation, renewables, etc; the last 96 pages discuss rejected alternative routes):  http://db.tt/kLpza4V

8. Environmental Analysis (237 pages) The guts of the report; primarily focuses on concerns during construction rather thaafter install; the end of the report (pages 424-450) focuses on safety:  http://db.tt/cw3MUoE

9. Conclusions and recommendations (23 pages): http://db.tt/QF7OAcS

10. Appendix A, maps (5 pages): http://db.tt/I0QUQMm

You can also download the entire dEIS from the FERC website: ELibrary File List