Spectra Energy is hoping to expand a gas transmission line through town.(Peter Marteka)
GLASTONBURY — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold a hearing Tuesday on a plan to expand a gas transmission line through town.
Spectra Energy and Algonquin Gas Transmission System are hoping to build the Atlantic Bridge Project –a plan to provide enough pipeline capacity to connect abundant natural gas supplies with markets in New England and the Maritime provinces.
About 10 miles of new 36-inch diameter pipeline would be installed from Cromwell under the Connecticut River and across town. The pipeline runs mostly across fields and forests, although it also passes through some residential neighborhoods. The right-of-way along the line has been expanded from 75 feet to 150 feet to accommodate the new pipeline.
A hearing – also known as a scoping meeting – will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center at 300 Welles St. The commission is the federal agency responsible for conducting environmental reviews. The commission is seeking comments and questions from residents, landowners, government agencies and public officials at meetings held across the state.
Spectra Energy spokeswoman Marylee Hanley said Friday the meeting is a good opportunity to learn about the pipeline. Experts from Spectra will be on hand from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to answer questions and review maps and other materials.
"For example if someone has safety concerns about the pipeline," she said. "all the comments and questions will be compiled at the meeting and then we will respond to all the questions and concerns in the final report."
Part of the plan includes an upgrade to the Cromwell compressor station that helps to send gas through the pipeline. The station is across the river from Glastonbury along Shunpike Road. The company has set a target service date of November 2017.
Edward C. Harney, right of way project manager for Algonquin, said the commission is required by the National Environmental Policy Act to "evaluate concerns raised by the public and consider the environmental impacts that could result from the proposed facilities."