ISLANDER EAST RECEIVES FAVORABLE DECISION FROM COMMERCE DEPARTMENT
Responding to an appeal by Islander East, Secretary Evans determined that the project is consistent with the objectives of the CZMA. His decision noted that Islander East “furthers the national interest in a significant and substantial manner; the national interest furthered by the project outweighs the project’s adverse coastal effects (considered separately or cumulatively); and there is no reasonable alternative available for the project.”
“Secretary Evans has reviewed the extensive engineering and environmental studies and has balanced coastal zone impacts with the region’s need for natural gas infrastructure,” said Tom O’Connor, president of Duke Energy Gas Transmission. “We appreciate the secretary’s decision which supports the project approval issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Throughout the regulatory process, we have worked collaboratively with federal and state officials to ensure that Islander East will be constructed and operated in an environmentally responsible manner. As the secretary noted, we have demonstrated that Islander East will have minimal and temporary impact on the environment.”
“KeySpan is thrilled that Secretary Evans has overridden
Previously, FERC issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the construction, operation and maintenance of approximately 50 miles of pipeline facilities for the project.
Islander East will deliver up to 260,000 dekatherms per day of much needed natural gas to markets on
“We recognize the urgent need for additional natural gas supply in New York and Connecticut and know that Islander East will play an integral role in helping to meet the region’s energy demand,” said O’Connor. “We will continue our efforts to move forward with this important project.”
Islander East is an equally owned, limited-liability company formed between the subsidiaries of KeySpan Corp. and Duke Energy.