NJ Natural Gas - Wetlands Application
NJ Natural Gas - Wetlands Application documents
Transco/NJ Natural Gas has submitted an application to NJ DEP, for the wetlands impacts for the Compressor Station in Chesterfield, the 29.5 mile 30 inch pipeline and the for the CAFRA portion of the pipeline route.
The CAFRA portion being that area outside the Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, parallel to Route 70, to Colonial Drive in Manchester Township. The Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst section of pipeline is within the Pinelands Protection Area but the wetlands are all being address under one application through the DEP.
The wetlands application addresses any disturbance or impacts to wetlands or wetlands buffers at the compressor station property and those wetlands for the entire length of the pipeline route. The applicant has indicated that they will be installing the pipeline by a method called Horizontal Directional drilling (HDD) for the length of the route and with this method of installation there will be no impacts to the wetlands. HDD drilling places the pipe under stream beds.
Comments from the US Fish & Wildlife Service to the NJ DEP state: "The service notes that directional drilling under wetlands cannot be construed as ensuring no adverse effects to bog turtle and their habitat. (Crowell 2014)" Page 2 of document below.
The application has been amended several times and PPA has tried to post here the changes along with the original submissions and correspondence between the applicant and the DEP.
USFWS & DEP comments - 599.7KB
to DEP reference to the project, comment upbove was taken from this doucment.
Recent letters pertaining to the Public hearing by NJ DEP:
Documents pertaining to the Compressor Station:
Williams Report - 1.7MB
Part 2, Sections 5-6-7-8, Regulatory Compliance for Freshwater Wetlands
AECOM letter - 2.7MB
to DEP with additional information for wetlands application, September 9, 2015
Transco letter - 2.6MB
to DEP in response to Chesterfields letter of May 24, 2016
Documents pertaining to the Pipeline in Pinelands and CAFRA portion:
NJ DEP letter - 124.2KB
to NJ Natural Gas, deficiency letter July 24, 2015
NJ DEP letter - 176.8KB
NJ Natural gas, deficiency letter August 7, 2015