Natural gas offers clean, efficient energy. In a typical year, Iroquois transports enough natural gas to heat approximately 3.2 million homes, displacing the energy equivalent of more than 50 million barrels of oil.
Iroquois is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Natural Gas STAR program. STAR is a voluntary government/industry partnership designed by the EPA to accomplish environmental protection through cost-effective measures. Launched in 1993, the program encourages natural gas companies to adopt "Best Management Practices" that can reduce emissions of natural gas.
For example, our station control programming is designed to minimize the amount of natural gas released into the atmosphere when a station shutdown occurs, such as would occur for routine maintenance and repairs. Iroquois also avoids the use of natural gas-powered turbine starters; employing emissions-free electric starters instead. As a STAR member, Iroquois annually submits a report that documents our voluntary emission reduction activities.
In addition, Iroquois conducts annual compressor station greenhouse gas leak surveys and reporting as required by EPA’s Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting regulations.
Through grants to local and national organizations, Iroquois continues to collaborate on initiatives that enhance and protect the environment in communities through which our pipeline passes. Some of the many projects we have funded through the Land Preservation and Enhancement Program (LPEP), Land Enhancement and Acquisition Fund (LEAF) and Iroquois’ Community Grant Program are described below.
Through Iroquois’ LPEP and LEAF programs, TNC purchased land to preserve the unique natural community of the globally significant Albany Pine Bush Preserve in Albany County; improved access, restored wetlands and acquired easements to provide added protection to the rare freshwater tidal swamp at the Lewis A. Swyer Preserve in Columbia County; and completed an ecological restoration of the Roger Perry Memorial Preserve in Dutchess County. In Connecticut, TNC developed a Conservation Biology Research Program for the study of tidally influenced portions of the Housatonic and Connecticut Rivers and created a butterfly meadow at Sunny Valley Preserve wildlife habitat.
Ducks Unlimited (DU) is the world’s largest nonprofit wetlands, waterfowl and wildlife conservation organization, having conserved nearly 8 million acres of waterfowl habitat across North America. DU purchased a marsh excavator with an LPEP grant from Iroquois to fund the Fletcher Creek Tidal Wetland Restoration Project. The excavator restored 30 acres of tidal marsh located at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, CT improving habitat conditions for a number of fish and wildlife species. In addition, an Iroquois LEAF grant assisted DU in the conservation of 123 acres in New York State -- 57 acres in Montgomery County and 66 acres in Lewis County.
The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) works to conserve the natural character and environmental health of our communities by protecting and restoring the lands and waters throughout the entire 2,000 square mile, tri-state Housatonic River valley.
Iroquois’ Community Grant program has provided funding to the HVA for the development of the Housatonic River for Life Primer -- a free guidebook that teaches steps our neighbors can take to keep their rivers clean. It also provides details on the best spots for water-related recreational activities, such as riverside hikes.