Since early 2017, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has extensively reviewed permit applications and revisions from the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. (Transco) for the proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Project, a pipeline project proposed to deliver increased natural gas capacity to areas of New York City by constructing additional pipeline loops in Middlesex and Somerset Counties, a compressor station in Franklin Township, and a new pipeline segment between NJ and NY across the Raritan Bay. Throughout the permit application process, DEP has worked with the applicant (a subsidiary of the Williams Companies) to avoid and minimize potential environmental impacts and advised the applicant that it must present a demonstrated public need for the project to achieve compliance with DEP regulations. This month, new reporting from New York indicated that the energy needs proposed to be served by this project could be met through existing infrastructure, energy efficiency, and other means. With no compelling public need demonstrated, and a denial issued by New York, DEP denied approvals for the project on May 15, 2020.
At the links below you can find additional information about the proposed project including applications submitted to NJDEP and, frequently asked questions.