FERC approves Spectra Energy Pipeline — construction begins!

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave final approval of the natural gas pipeline expansion to run through parts of Jersey City and Bayonne and offshore of Hoboken. The approval is the latest in a years-long effort to find an acceptable route for the pipeline and allow work to begin.

The decision was preceded by FERC’s earlier finding that the project would be “evironmentally acceptable.”

That report said the 20-mile pipeline would have “limited adverse environmental impacts” mostly during the construction phase. The plan received final approval by the commission’s board on May 21.

IUOE Local 825 members had supported the pipeline project for more than two years to help meet increased demands for natural gas in our region and provide good jobs for our members.