Dear Secretary Bose:
I support Tallgrass Energy's Cheyenne Connector Pipeline Project, and I urge FERC to issue the Notice to Proceed for this important project without further delay.
Cheyenne Connector has addressed all data requests, obtained the necessary right-of-way and needs only the authorization of FERC to start building the project. The delay in issuing the Notice to Proceed is impacting good jobs for the construction workforce, many of whom are Local 798 members. Construction crews are on standby, and any further delays would force a release of this workforce and delay securing critical crews and equipment.
This project will be an immediate asset to the area's natural gas network, as it is designed to link much-needed natural gas supplies in the DJ Basin with residential, business and industrial users in West, Midwest, Gulf Coast and Southeast markets.
Tallgrass has demonstrated that it shares Local 798 members' commitment to safety and efficiency, as it has implemented a variety of safety systems and processes to ensure the safety of all who live and work near their pipelines. FERC staff issued the environmental assessment for the projects on Dec. 18, 2018, finding the project would have no significant impact on the environment.
Weld County, in particular, will enjoy tremendous economic benefit, including increased property tax revenue, increased sales revenue, job creation and good permanent jobs to operate the pipeline after it is in service.
FERC should issue the Notice to Proceed for Cheyenne Connector for the following key reasons:
- has received all necessary state and federal permits;
- has expected initial design capacity is 600 million cubic feet per day of natural gas with potential room for expansion;
- will create good jobs for pipeliners in Colorado, many of whom are Local 798 members;
- will allow producers in Colorado and Wyoming to move their natural gas to markets that need it most.
Cheyenne Connector is a necessary addition to the natural gas network in the Southwest region, and its reach will extend across the country. Please issue the Notice to Proceed without further delay.
Cheyenne Connector Supporter