Kinder Morgan UMTP and ACR Projects
Verdanterra is leading compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for two significant proposed Kinder Morgan projects. In its Abandonment and Capacity Restoration Project (ACR Project), Kinder Morgan proposes to abandon gas service and 964 miles of existing natural gas pipeline from Columbiana County, Ohio, to Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. In its Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline Project (UMTP Project), Kinder Morgan will convert the 964 miles of existing pipeline to transport natural gas liquids (NGL) from supply sources in the Utica and Marcellus shale regions to Mt. Belvieu, Texas. As part of the ACR Project, Kinder Morgan will install four new compressor stations and 7.6 miles of new pipeline. For the UMTP Project, Kinder Morgan is proposing construction of a tank farm and approximately 202 miles of greenfield pipeline from Louisiana to Texas. Overall, Kinder Morgan proposes project activities in seven states (Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas) that are subject to Section 106 compliance.
The lead federal agency for the ACR Project is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the lead federal agency for the UMTP Project is the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Verdanterra has overall responsibility for managing Section 106 activities as Kinder Morgan assists the lead federal agencies with this process. As the task leader, Verdanterra manages four subconsultants conducting cultural resource surveys, site evaluations, effects analysis, and development of treatment and avoidance plans. The Verdanterra task leader is responsible for communication with State Historic Preservation Offices, the FERC cultural resources lead, and the USACE district project managers. Verdanterra provides planning, direction, and quality control for Kinder Morgan deliverables related to the FERC 7(b) and 7(c) applications for the ACR Project and for the USACE permits for the UMTP Project.