Proposed Western Massachusetts Natural Gas Reliability Project

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A proposal to install, update and operate a steel main between a new point-of-delivery (POD) station in Longmeadow and the Bliss Street Regulator Station in Springfield.

Why is this work being done?

This update is designed to improve reliability of the natural gas system in the Greater Springfield area for approximately 58,000 existing natural gas customers. This includes protecting against a loss of service during the coldest times of the year.

The proposed project will also reduce the chance of gas service interruptions during periods of maintenance or an unexpected disruption.

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Where is work being proposed?

WMA Gas Reliability Project Map

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The new line would be constructed underground in state and local streets between the new Longmeadow POD Station and the existing Eversource Bliss Street Regulator Station in Springfield.

We have identified many potential alternatives for locating the pipeline between the Longmeadow POD and the Bliss Street Regulator Station and are developing a route selection analysis to evaluate these options.

Events and Open Houses

We're committed to continuing our collaborative working partnership with local communities, municipal leaders and other interested stakeholders to provide information on the project, gather feedback and answer any questions or concerns.

We conducted virtual Open Houses on November 9 and 10, 2021, via Zoom, to give local residents and business owners an opportunity to learn more about the proposed project with subject matter experts, ask questions and provide comments. 

We also conducted a number of pop-up events in March, April and May of 2022 to solicit input from the local community as well as published details about the proposal in local publications.

The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office conducted an in-person site tour and a virtual public consultation session on June 21, 2022

Regulatory Approval Process

A proposal was submitted to the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) on May 26, 2022.

This opens an approximately two-year regulatory proceeding before the EFSB, which reviews major energy facility projects.

The decision lies with the EFSB to determine which potential routing option best suits the area while, at the same time, adequately addresses the identified system reliability needs.

The EFSB siting process includes both public and evidentiary hearings. The public and other interested stakeholders are given the opportunity to participate in the siting process through the EFSB-sponsored public hearing.

Owners of property abutting and near the proposed project will be informed of the public hearing date(s) and are encouraged to participate. The regulatory process also requires approval from local, state and federal permitting agencies, including environmental agencies.

More information about the siting process and how to participate is available at mass.gov.

Additional Resources

Contacts for Proposed Project Information

By phone: 800-793-2202

By email: ProjectInfo@eversource.com

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