The Danbury City Council is set to take up a lease of some city land to Algonquin Natural Gas for a pipeline replacement project. The Access Northeast Project includes replacement of existing 26-inch-diameter pipeline with 42-inch-diameter pipeline in Putnam and Fairfield Counties. The replacement is being done between the Southeast Compressor station in New York and on just east of Clapboard Ridge Road in Danbury.
An easement is being sought by Algonquin for temporary workspace. The license agreement would be for two years. Spectra Energy is offering Danbury $5,000. Algonquin and Spectra are looking to clear trees from one-tenth of an acre off Driftway Point Road. The company wants to build a small road for storage of construction machinery to get to the trench site.
A committee of the City Council determined that there should be a public hearing before authorizing this easement. A date has yet to be determined.
Algonquin Right-of-way Supervisor Martin McCarthy says the company is giving compensation to other land owners for trees that have to be cut, driveways that have to be cut up will be repaved at a cost to the company and stone walls that have to be disrupted will be put back.
One of the conditions that the Danbury Public Works Department has for this license agreement is that the property be restored to its original condition as much as possible.
A 4.5 mile-long replacement segment would begin at the Southeast Compressor Station and extend into Danbury. Algonquin would install the new 42-inch-diameter pipeline beneath Interstate 84, the Still River, a railroad line, and Mill Plain Road. The replacement segment would end at Algonquin’s existing MLV- 19 site located east of Clapboard Ridge Road.
The Project would cross the Hudson River in New York and the Still River in Connecticut using the horizontal directional drill method.
Spectra Energy says the project is needed to bring additional natural gas to the region, as the New England states look to expand supply and usage.
Algonquin’s proposed construction work areas would be located within 50 feet of 337 residential structures and 95 non-residential structure.