Florida Southeast Connection Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline

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NEW INFORMATION & UPCOMING EVENTS

St Lucie County has received the FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT SATEMENT (EIS) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Southeast Market Pipeline Project.  A portion of the document containing the CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS drawn from the environmental analysis has been uploaded for your review.  The FULL DOCUMENT can be accessed by clicking the following link: Southeast Market Pipelines Project Final Environmental Impact Statement, on Disc in the Planning and Development Services Department - Planning Division, 2nd Floor, 2300 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce or on the County's FTP website: ftp://ftp.stlucieco.org (Password: comdev / User ID: lucie47).

Notice of Receipt of Application by the Dist. of the US Army Corps of Engineers for Dept. of the Army Permits (Sep. 11, 2015)

Notice Of Schedule For Environmental Review Of The Southeast Market Pipelines Project (May 13, 2015)

FERC Southeast Market Pipelines Project Update February 2015

FERC Southeast Market Pipelines Project Update August 2014

Nextear Energy / FPL Material  on Florida Southeast Connection Prepared by Amy Brunjes, External Affairs Manager & Agnes Ramsey, Sr. Environmental Specialist.

Estimated Economic Impact of the Florida Southeast Connection

Fueling Southeast Florida's Energy Needs

St Lucie County has received the DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT SATEMENT (EIS) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Southeast Market Pipeline Project. 

The Southeast Market Pipelines Project includes the Florida Southeast Connection pipeline through western St. Lucie County.  Consistent with the project timeline found on this page, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has scheduled a series of scoping meetings to receive public input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), including five meetings in Florida.  Two of those meetings will be near the Florida Southeast Connection proposed corridor (See link for full schedule of meetings).

The scoping meeting being held nearest to St. Lucie County is set for MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2015, 6:00 PM, Indian River State College, Williamson Conference Center Auditorium, 2229 Northwest 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (Click Here for Directions).  

Public Comment will also be collected electronically or in writing and must be submitted by October 26, 2015.  For directions on how to submit public comments, download the draft EIS from FERC: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/, search Docket NumberCP14-554-000 for the FSC Project.  

PREVIOUS INFORMATION & PAST EVENTS

Please click here to review the Notice of Intent (NOI) for the FERC to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Southeast Market Pipelines Project.

Follow up letter received on March 12, 2014.

Florida Southeast Connection is hosting several public meetings on a proposed natural gas pipeline, which is slated to pass through St. Lucie County.  The meeting will take place Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds, 15601 W. Midway Rd.  For more details on the project, click here

 

  • Florida Southeast Connection, a subsidiary of FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc., is proposing to construct a new natural gas pipeline through parts of St. Lucie County.  The new natural gas pipeline  called the Florida Southeast Connection will be part of a pipeline system intended to connect with the two major interstate natural gas pipeline systems in Central Florida (Gulfstream Natural Gas System & Florida Gas Transmission). Please click on the above link for a map showing the proposed Florida Southeast Connection corridor.
  • The path of the pipeline is proposed to travel through the far southwestern portion of St. Lucie County.  This Aerial Map shows the proposed St. Lucie County Connection.    
  • The pipeline is needed to transport natural gas from central to southeast Florida to serve the growing needs of Floridians and to improve the region's natural gas transportation diversity and reliability. 

 Project Timeline

  • July 26, 2013 Project Awarded
  • Summer 2013 Agency Pre-Application Meetings
  • Fall 2013 Florida Public Service Commission Hearings
  • Fall 2013 Florida Southeast Connection Pipeline Open House
  • Winter 2014 FERC Scoping Meetings
  • Fall 2015 FERC Draft EIS Scoping Meetings 
  • Spring 2016 Construction starts
  • Spring 2017 Pipeline In-Service Date

To answer questions you may have about the pipeline, Florida Southeast Connection is holding several open house meetings.

Community Open House Event Dates

Martin County, Nov. 19, 2013
Indiantown Civic Center
15675 SW Osceola Avenue
Indiantown, FL 34956
5p.m. to 7 p.m.

St. Lucie County, Nov. 20, 2013
St. Lucie County Fairgrounds
15601 W. Midway Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
5p.m. to 7 p.m.

Okeechobee County, Nov. 21, 2013
Quail Creek Plantation
1907 NE 224th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
5p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information or to make comments please email Pipeline-Project.SharedMailbox@nexteraenergy.com and / or call (855) 327-2660.  Additional information is also available on the Florida Southeast Connection Website www.floridasoutheastconnection.com.

You may also contact the Planning & Development Services Department at 772-462-2822 and ask for Mark Satterlee, Director or Leslie Olson, Planning Manger if you have questions.  You may also email either one at satterleem@stlucieco.org or olsonl@stlucieco.org.