Draft Decision Notice for Queen Gas Pipeline Special Use Project Available for Review

Release Date: Dec 7, 2017   Warren, PA

Contact(s): Rich Hatfield

The Draft Decision Notice (DN) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Queen Gas Pipeline Special Use Project is now available for review. This draft DN and FONSI documents the Forest Service draft decision and rationale for authorizing the use and occupancy of National Forest System (NFS) lands for the National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (National Fuel).  The work resulting from this DN includes the construction, operation and maintenance of a natural gas pipeline that crosses NFS lands administered by the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).  

This draft DN is to authorize the installation and maintenance of a new four inch plastic natural gas pipeline across 2.5 miles of NFS land along an existing gas pipeline Right of Way (ROW) and issue a special use permit to National Fuel to conduct those activities. It includes the widening of the existing 35 foot wide ROW by 15 feet. Additionally, about seven acres of temporary work space would be needed for construction of the widened ROW and new gas pipeline. The special use permit associated with this project would be authorized for 30 years for the operation and maintenance of the pipeline and ROW.

The Forest Service decision is part of the larger National Fuel Line Q, QP and Queen Storage Facility Project, led by the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC). The FERC prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the entire project, including portions on NFS lands, and the Forest Service participated as a cooperating agency. The project includes a number of actions to eliminate environmental hazards resulting from the existing deteriorating pipeline and maintaining uninterrupted service to its customers.

Forest Supervisor Tune stated “this decision will help improve natural gas delivery in a safe manner to local communities who rely on this as a source of energy”.

This project is subject to the 36 C.F.R. part 218 pre-decisional objection process. Objections will be accepted for 45 days, beginning on the first day after the legal notice was published in The Warren Times Observer.

For more information, please go to the Queen Pipeline Special Use Environmental Assessment link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50557.