In February 2019, National Grid filed an application with the New York State Public Service Commission seeking approval to construct and operate the proposed Pipeline E37 Reliability and Resiliency Project (the Project). The Project would include a new 7.3-mile long, 16-inch diameter natural gas transmission pipeline. The proposed Project would be located in the Town of Bethlehem in Albany County and Towns of East and North Greenbush in Rensselaer County.
Informational Forums and Public Statement Hearings
Public comments are invited on National Grid’s request to construct and operate the Project. Interested members of the public are invited to attend public statement hearings and provide their comments. Each hearing will be immediately preceded by an information forum, during which National Grid representatives will be available to answer questions about the proposed Project and staff of the Department of Public Service (DPS) will provide an overview of the review process under the Public Service Law. It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance or present written materials in order to speak at the hearings.*
An Administrative Law Judge will preside over the public statement hearings and the gathering of public comments. Comments made at the hearings will be transcribed and become part of the formal record in this proceeding and will be presented to the Commission for its consideration. The Commission may adopt or reject National Grid’s proposal in whole or in part, or modify it.
* Persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact the DPS's Human Resources Management Office at 518-474-2520 as soon as possible. Telecommunication Relay Service users may request a sign language interpreter by calling the New York Relay Service at 711. Individuals with difficulty understanding English are encouraged to call DPS at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services.
Description of the Proposed Project
On February 1, 2019, National Grid filed a petition with the Commission seeking a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, pursuant to Article VII of the Public Service Law, to construct and operate a natural gas transmission pipeline. The Project involves the installation of a new 16-inch diameter pipeline and associated facilities, beginning north of National Grid’s Bethlehem Gate Station on River Road in the Town of Bethlehem, traversing under the Hudson River, and continuing northeast to the Company’s Troy Gate Station located on Bloomingrove Drive in the Town of North Greenbush. The pipeline is expected to be approximately 7.3 miles long and have a maximum allowable operating pressure of 300 pounds per square inch. The majority of the new pipeline would be constructed within National Grid’s existing right-of-way.
The Project would close the Albany Loop, which is an existing National Grid horseshoe shaped transmission line that travels from Troy to Bethlehem. National Grid states that the E37 pipeline is necessary to improve system reliability to existing customers as well as for continued growth.
The application documents and other materials pertaining to the case are available on the Commission’s website at www.dps.ny.gov. To access this information, click on “Search” and then enter case number “19-T-0069.”
Ways to Participate in the Proceeding
There are several ways to participate in the process, including:
- Request Party Status: Becoming a party to a case enables an individual or group to contribute to the development of a complete record by conducting discovery, submitting testimony, briefs, or other formal written comments, and participating in evidentiary hearings, procedural conferences and other formal events conducted in the case.
Interested groups or individuals may submit a request for party status on-line through the Commission’s www.dps.ny.gov website by searching the case number and clicking the “Request for Party Status” link at the top of the case page. Alternatively, a request form may be downloaded from the website or obtained by calling 518-474-4520. The requestor will be provisionally given party status, subject to the right of other parties to object and the determination of the Administrative Law Judge.
- Join the Service List: Interested persons may monitor the proceeding by subscribing to the service list. Such persons will receive an e-mail with a direct link to the documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulings. Persons unable or unwilling to receive such electronic notification will receive hard copies of Commission issued documents by regular mail.
To register on-line, click on the “Subscribe to Service List” link at the top of the page for Case 19-T-0069. A “Service List and Mail Service List Request Form” can be downloaded from the site and the completed form sent by e-mail to the Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350.
- Monitor the Case on the Commission Website: Interested persons who choose not to sign up to receive e-mail notifications may view our website at their convenience to check on the status of a case. All public documents filed by parties, correspondence, hearing
transcripts, and documents issued by the Commission in a given case are posted on the website for that case. In addition, all written comments submitted by the public are posted under the “public comments” tab for the case.
- Provide Comments: The public statement hearings identified in this fact sheet are being held to provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the proposed Project. For those who cannot attend or prefer not to speak at a public statement hearing, there are several other ways to send comments to the Commission regarding National Grid’s proposal. Comments should refer to “Case 19-T-0069.” Submit comments:
- Via E-Mail/Mail: Submit comments electronically to Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, at email@example.com or by mail to Secretary Burgess at the New York State Department of Public Service, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350. Comments delivered in these manners should reference “Case 19-T-0069.”
- Via the Department Website: Comments may be entered directly into the case via the www.dps.ny.gov website, by entering the associated case number (19-T-0069) in the Search option found on the homepage. After opening the case, enter comments in the “Post Comments” tab located at the top of the page.
Follow this link for a printable version 19-T-0069 Nat Grid E37P final 3-20-19.pdf
- Toll-Free Opinion Line: Individuals may choose to submit comments by calling the Commission’s toll-free Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This line is set up to receive comments on pending cases from in-state callers, 24-hours a day. These comments are not transcribed but they are summarized and reported to the Commission for its consideration. Callers should refer to Case 19-T-0069.
Comments submitted through these methods will be accepted at any point while this proceeding is pending but are requested by April 24, 2019.
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