On April 8th, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued permits to Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, for it’s “Leidy Southeast Expansion Project”. In New Jersey, that project includes two loops. The “Skillman Loop” cuts through Montgomery and Princeton townships while the “Pleasant Run Loop” cuts through Clinton, Readington, and Branchburg townships. The Watershed Association along with New Jersey Conservation Association and Friends of Princeton Open Space have filed a legal challenge of the permits issued by NJDEP. The matter is currently pending in court.
The Leidy project will expand pipeline capacity for Transco’s approximately 10,000-mile pipeline running from Texas to New York City to accommodate increased fracking in the Marcellus Shale region.
The $607 million expansion project calls for new pipe segments, called loops, spanning 29.8 miles and measuring 42 inches in diameter across parts of Mercer, Somerset and Hunterdon Counties in New Jersey and Monroe and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania. The project also includes modifications to compressor stations and other equipment in Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.