EMPIRE NORTH PROJECT

CP18-89-000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Empire Pipeline, Inc., a subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company, plans to file an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to construct two compression stations located in Farmington, NY, and Jackson Township, Tioga County, PA, along with minor facility modifications to its existing Jackson Meter & Regulator Station and its existing New Victor Regulator Station, located in Jackson Township, Tioga County, PA, and Victor, NY, respectively.

The Empire North Project consists of:

  1. Installation of new electric motor-driven natural gas compressor facility off Hook Road on a 92.4-acre parcel in the Town of Farmington, Ontario County, NY.
  2. Installation of new turbine-driven natural gas compression facility on a 32.2-acre parcel off Buckwheat Hollow Road and Stateline Rd in Jackson Township, Tioga County, PA.
  3. Minor modifications to existing New Victor Regulator Station, located off Valentown Road in Victor, NY.
  4. Minor modifications to the existing Jackson Meter and Regulator Station, located in Jackson Township, Tioga County, PA.
  5. Uprate of Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP) of the existing Empire Connector Pipeline (ECP) that runs from Victor, NY to Corning, NY from 1290 psig to 1440 psig, in accordance with Federal pipeline safety regulations.
  6. Empire Pipeline, Inc. submitted a formal application to FERC in February 2018 with a target in-service date of November 2019.

PROJECT MAPS

NEWS & UPDATES

Whether you're a member of the media, a landowner, a public official or any other interested party, we want to keep you informed and answer all of your questions regarding this project. Get The Facts.

APRIL 2018—Notice of Intent to Prepare EA for Empire North Project

MARCH 2018—Natural gas project progresses in Ontario County

OCTOBER 2017—Landowner Letter – Notice of Project and Public Meetings - Farmington

OCTOBER 2017—Landowner Letter – Notice of Project and Public Meetings - Jackson

PROJECT TIMELINE

Empire Informational Sessions—November 2017/January 2018

Empire Submits Section 7(c) Application—February 2018

Commission Issues Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity—February 2019

Empire Submits the Implementation PlanApril 2019

Empire Commences Construction Upon Receipt of Authorization—Fall 2019

Project Facilities Placed Into Service—September 2020

PUBLIC MEETINGS & OUTREACH

DATE & TIME

THURSDAY, NOV. 9, 2017 6:30 P.M.

MEETING LOCATION

Farmington Town Hall

ADDRESS

1000 Country Road 8 Farmington, NY

DATE & TIME

THURSDAY, JAN. 4, 2017 6:30 P.M.

MEETING LOCATION

Lawrenceville Fire Department 8

ADDRESS

9 Mechanic Street #11 Laurenceville, PA

ADDITIONAL DATES COMING SOON.

FOR LANDOWNERS

The following should not be construed as legal advice, but only as a brief description for this limited purpose. If you have questions about your rights, you should discuss them with an attorney of your choice.

More information about landowners' rights and ways to become involved in this process can be found on FERC's website.

NEXT STEPS

Coming Soon.

FERC FILINGS

Empire filed its application pursuant to sections 7(b) and 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for the Empire North Project on February 16, 2018. FERC has assigned the project Docket No. CP18-89-000. Click here to access the Application on FERC’s website.

SAFETY

With more than 110 years of experience in the natural gas industry, National Fuel is tied to the cities, towns and villages where we do business. We have a personal stake in the communities where we operate as our 2,000 employees, their families and 2,270 retirees live in our service territories. Within our Pipeline and Storage businesses, we have more than a century's worth of experience in building and operating natural gas facilities and are committed to safely constructing pipeline systems to minimize environmental and community impacts. As such, National Fuel is committed to working with federal, state and local regulatory agencies, including, but not limited to the following agencies listed below:

FEDERAL AGENCIES

  1. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  2. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District and Pittsburgh District
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) – New York and Pennsylvania Field Offices
  4. Various Native American Tribal Group Contacts
  5. U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
  6. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

STATE OF NEW YORK AGENCIES

  1. New York Natural Heritage Program
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
  4. New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AGENCIES

  1. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  2. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  3. Pennsylvania Game Commission
  4. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP)
  5. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau for Historic Preservation, State Historic Preservation Office
  6. PADEP & McKean County Conservation District

LOCAL/MUNICIPAL AGENCIES

  1. Town Building Permits
  2. Road Use/Opening Permits

COMPRESSOR STATION SAFETY

National Fuel safely operates thousands of miles of pipeline and 134 compressor units at 38 stations in New York and Pennsylvania. The Company's engineers have extensive experience in pipeline engineering and construction and bring the latest state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques to every project. National Fuel's compressor stations and high-pressure pipelines consistently receive "clean" audits for the company by federal safety regulators. Some of the safety measures featured would include:

  1. Monitored 24/7 local Gas Dispatch Center and on-site safety control systems
  2. Highly trained and qualified personnel

– On-site daily inspection (M-F)

– Additional local support available

– After hours on-call staff available

  1. State-of-the-art control system

– Fire detection

– Gas detection

– Automatic emergency shutdown (ESD system)

– 100 percent Weld X-ray

– Hydrostatic test of piping >150 percent

CONTACT INFORMATION

National Fuel welcomes questions and comments from residents and community members about the Empire North Project.

New York Contact

Karen Merkel

Corporate Communications

Phone: 1-800-634-5440, extension 7654

Email: corpcomm@natfuel.com

Please click here to download a comment form.

Pennsylvania Contact

Carly Manino

Corporate Communications

Phone: 814-871-8199

Email: corpcomm@natfuel.com

Please click here to download a comment form.

Mailing Address:

Feedback-Empire North Project

c/o Corporate Communications Department

6363 Main Street

Williamsville, N.Y. 14221

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