Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company Northeast Energy Direct Project


5/23/16 - Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company withdraws application: 



As has been widely reported, a natural gas pipeline has been proposed along a route through the southern portion of New Hampshire, including 7 communities in the Southwest Region. The information on this page is intended to inform our towns and other interested parties about some of the project details. Southwest Region Planning Commission's intent is to provide objective information regarding this proposal.


Project Map


Project Overview

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, seeks to construct and operate the Northeast Energy Direct Project, an extension of existing natural gas pipeline systems in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachussetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. According to documents obtained from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filed under Docket No. PF14-22-000:

  • The project includes a total of 430 miles of new and co-located pipeline and two pipeline looping segments 
  • The project includes 71 miles of 30-inch diameter pipeline proposed in New Hampshire, generally within or adjacent to existing utility corridors in New Hampshire 
  • Proposed project facilities in New Hampshire will also include links known as laterals from the proposed mainline to Fitchburg, MA and to Haverhill, MA
  • Proposed project faclities in New Hampshire will also include one compressor station, currently sited in New Ipswich

The following Southwest New Hampshire communities are included in the proposed pipeline route, accounting for approximately 37 miles of the project's total mileage. 

  • Winchester, 5.57 miles 
  • Richmond, 6.14 miles 
  • Troy, 1.59 miles 
  • Fitzwilliam, 6.75 miles 
  • Rindge, 8.90 miles 
  • New Ipswich, 6.30 miles 
  • Greenville, 1.69 miles 

For a copy of the most recent Northeast Energy Direct Draft Environmental Report (Resources Reports 1-13) from the July 24, 2015 filing, click here.


Federal Project Review

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is charged by the U.S. Congress with evaluating whether interstate natural gas pipeline projects proposed by private companies should be approved. The Commission must consider the location and construction of these facilites when the proposed pipelines, facilities, or storage fields cross state boundaries. 

The FERC natural gas pipeline permitting process includes consulting with stakeholders, identifying environmental issues through scoping, and preparing environmental documents. A pre-filing process allows FERC staff to become involved with environmental issues before the applicant files its application. Click here for more information about the FERC Natural Gas Pipeline & Storage Permitting Process.


State Project Review

In New Hampshire, RSA 162-H recognizes that the selection of sites for energy facilities may have significant impacts to the welfare of the State's population. The Site Evaluation Committee is charged with reviewing these impacts and benefits, providing public disclosure of new facilities, and ensuring a comprehensive review of issues related to the proposal. For more information about the Site Evaluation Committee, click here.


Informational Links

Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company

Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project Homepage

Open House Presentation Posters

NED Pipeline Project Map

Compressor Station Locations for the Northeast Energy Direct Project

FERC Filings and Issuances (Including Draft Resource Report Filings)

July 16, 2015 Press Release


NED "Aerial Alignment Sheets"

Winchester (3/13/15, 7/24/15, 11/20/15)              

Richmond (3/13/15, 7/24/15, 11/20/15)               

Troy (3/13/15, 7/24/15, 11/20/15)

Fitzwilliam (3/13/15, 7/24/15, 11/20/15)

Rindge (3/13/15, 7/24/15, 11/20/15)

New Ipswich (3/13/15, 7/24/15, 11/20/15)

Greenville (3/13/15, 7/24/15, 11/20/15)


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Citizen's Guides

FERC Online: eSubscription to Documents and Filings (Docket Number CP16-21)

Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, request for comments on environmental issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings 

Environmental Impact Statement Pre-Filing Environmental Review Process

Transcript: Nashua Scoping Meeting (7/29/15)

Transcript: Milford Scoping Meeting (7/30/15)

Notice of Public Scoping Meeting for the NED Project, and Extension of Scoping Comment Period (9/3/15)

Transcript: Rindge Scoping Meeting (9/29/15)

Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (11/20/15)

Notice of Application (12/7/15)

Environmental Data Request (12/8/15)

Supplemental Filing (12/21/15)

Response to Environmental Information Request 12/28/15

Additional Response to Environmental Information Request 12/30/15


Site Evaulation Committee

Official Website of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee

An Introduction to the Committee and Its Process

SEC Docket No. 2015-08 

New Hampshire Town and City "Q&A"


U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Material Safety Administration

Pipeline Basics

Land Use Planning and Transmission Pipelines


New Hampshire GRANIT Interactive Map



Sensitive Resource Compilation (10/19/15 Version)



SWRPC FERC Docket Correspondence

7/29/15 (Re: Project docket number: PF14-22-000)

9/29/15 (Statement for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Scoping Meeting)

10/16/15 (Cover letter, comments, and RPA information request)

12/3/15 (Comment of MA and NH regional planning commissions under CP16-21-000)

1/14/16 (Motion to Intervene of Southwest Region Planning Commission under CP16-21-000)