The Salem Lateral Project will create the pipeline capacity necessary to deliver cost effective supplies of clean burning natural gas from our existing Algonquin Gas Transmission pipeline system to the Salem Harbor Station facility, which Footprint Power Salem Harbor Development, LP will redevelop into a natural gas-fired electric generating plant.
Using safe, reliable and secure natural gas supplies, Footprint’s Salem Harbor Station – located in Salem, Massachusetts – will produce electricity, supporting the power grid in Northeast Massachusetts and providing significant environmental benefits to the region.
The 1.2-mile Salem Lateral Project will be constructed primarily within Beverly Harbor, Collins Cove and the City of Salem, industrial properties and Footprint's property to minimize impacts to landowners, the community and the environment.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) exclusively authorizes the construction of new interstate natural gas facilities. FERC is also the lead federal agency responsible for conducting environmental reviews of interstate natural gas projects in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Algonquin filed with FERC an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Salem Lateral Project on July 10, 2014, and was assigned FERC Docket No. CP14-522-000. FERC issued the certificate following a comprehensive, multi-year review of the Salem Lateral Project on May 14, 2015. The certificate authorizes Algonquin to construct and operate the project’s facilities in accordance with the conditions set forth by FERC.
You may visit FERC’s website at www.FERC.gov and enter CP14-522 to follow the Salem Lateral Project.
Algonquin has commenced construction of the marine portion of its Salem Lateral Project in Beverly Harbor. Algonquin has developed a Marine Boating Coordination and Safety Plan (Boating Plan) with input provided by the United States Coast Guard, the Beverly and Salem Harbormasters, and other stakeholders. An electronic copy of the Boating Plan is available here: Salem Lateral Project Marine Boating Coordination Plan and Salem Lateral Project Boater Safety & Communication Plan.
In accordance with the Boating Plan, lighted marker buoys will be installed to establish a Marine Exclusion Zone and the Salem and Beverly Harbormasters will be patrolling the perimeter of the work area in Beverly Harbor on a 24-hour basis, 7 days a week, until the in-water portion of the Project is completed in mid to late December 2015. Algonquin’s in-water construction activity will generally take place from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
For information related to vessel movements and boating related matters, please contact the Beverly or Salem Harbormasters’ Offices. In addition, boaters are encouraged to monitor channel 16 for updates on in-water construction activity and vessel movements in and out of the work area.
Prior to filing a formal application and beginning on November 4, 2013, Algonquin participated in FERC’s Pre-file process, Docket No. PF14-5-000, conducting a series of activities including meetings with landowners, public officials, government agencies and community members to provide information and gather input for the project.
Following the application filing, the Pre-file docket number (PF14-5-000) was converted to FERC Docket No. CP14-522-000.
On December 2, 2014, FERC issued its Environmental Assessment (EA) of the project. Pursuant to NEPA, FERC staff began its environmental review of the project route during the FERC Pre-file Process and continued through the FERC certificate proceeding. The review included information and comments filed by stakeholders and agencies throughout both proceedings. Based on this comprehensive analysis, FERC staff recommended “a finding of no significant impact” to the environment and inclusion of several mitigation measures as conditions of the certificate authorization. FERC held a comment period on the EA through January 9, 2015.
For more information, please call the Salem Lateral Project office toll free at 877-593-6500 or contact Marylee Hanley at (617) 560-1573 or via email at MHanley@spectraenergy.com.