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Company behind NED pipeline files formal application

Bret Jaspers
WSKG News File Photo
Residents attended a public hearing over the summer to give testimony on the proposed NED pipeline project.

The energy company Kinder Morgan has formally applied to install a pipeline connecting Pennsylvania gas wells with Massachusetts.

This is the next step in the process for the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. Also known as the NED, the project would build over 350 miles of pipeline, plus nine new gas compressor stations (New York state would get four of those). In New York, pipes would go from eastern Broome County up throughRensselaerCounty.

Kinder Morgan filed the application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision (FERC). 

"Our staff eventually will prepare a draft environmental impact statement that will be open for public comments and of course for review," FERC spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen told WSKG over the summer.

Once the environmental review is done, the FERC commissioners approve or deny it.

A separate upstate pipeline did get this approval last year - the Constitution Pipeline. It’s still waiting on state permits. The EPA -- another federal agency -- is askingFERCto look at whether parts of the two projects can be combined.