Gas Pipeline Expansion: Western Washington

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is continuing its review of a proposal from Williams Northwest Pipeline and Oregon LNG to expand an existing natural gas pipeline in Western Washington.

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, held a series of public meetings and accepted public comment on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement in late 2012. FERC staff is in the midst of preparing the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review, which details the period when the public will be invited to review and comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Washington Expansion Project pipeline proposal.

The existing liquid natural gas pipeline runs from the Canadian border south into Oregon, including a 24-mile stretch through eastern Thurston County. Williams Northwest Pipeline and Oregon LNG propose expanding that existing pipeline in 10 areas between the Canadian border and Oregon, including a segment about eight miles long in Northwest Pipeline’s existing right-of-way in southeastern Thurston County. The proposal also includes upgrades to five compressor stations along the pipeline, including the existing station in Chehalis. If the project is approved, construction in Washington is not expected to begin until 2016.

To send written comments about the Washington Expansion Project pipeline proposal, go to the FERC website at www.ferc.gov and submit comments using the “eComment” feature. All comments should include the Washington Expansion Project Docket Number, CP13-507.

The FERC website also includes the “eLibrary” feature where you can view all of the public documents related to the Washington Expansion Project pipeline proposal, and the “eSubscription” feature where you can sign up to receive notification of when documents like the Draft Environmental Impact Statement are published and open for comment. You can search and sign up using the Washington Expansion Project Docket Number, CP13-507.

Additional information about the Washington Expansion Project pipeline proposal is available through Williams, the parent company of Williams Northwest Pipeline, HERE.

To see the notice sent from FERC to Thurston County and other local jurisdictions, go HERE and click on “Federal Review of Pipeline Expansion.”

October 21, 2013/Thurston County Public Notice