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Dominion Seeks to Expand its Transmission Line Capacity in the Appalachian Region

Dominion has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve two transmission line projects that would increase Dominion’s ability to transport natural gas supplies to market from various regions.  According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the two projects are designed to anticipate and meet the growing natural gas needs of customers while ensuring safe, reliable, and affordable means of transporting natural gas from the Appalachian Basin to market.  The first project, the “New Market” project, would improve National Grid’s access to natural gas supplies to meet the growing need of its subsidiaries, Niagara Mohawk and Brooklyn Union, for additional natural gas supplies.  The second project, the Clarington Project, would expand Dominion’s transport capabilities from the growing Utica and Marcellus Shale states of Ohio and West Virginia to markets outside the Appalachian Basin.  Each of the projects, if approved by FERC, would begin construction in late summer/early fall 2015 and would be placed into service in fall of 2016.