Agency reviewing environmental impact of pipeline
A federal agency in charge of interstate natural gas pipelines will develop an environmental impact statement for a line proposed to further connect Susquehanna County to national gas markets.
Williams, operator of the Transco pipeline, which runs from the Texas Gulf to New York and New Jersey with a spur that passes through Luzerne County, started the permitting process for its Atlantic Sunrise project in late March. The project includes plans to place about 56 miles of new 30-inch pipe from Susquehanna County to Columbia County, according to documents it filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This would require a 90-foot-wide temporary construction corridor, with a permanent 50-foot easement after the pipe is in the ground.
It would also build two electric 15,000-horsepower compressors and two meter stations in Susquehanna County.
Under the National Environmental Policy Act, FERC must weigh the project’s environmental effects before approving it. It announced Friday that it would draft an environmental impact statement, involving a more stringent review process than a simple environmental assessment.
FERC will hold four meetings asking for public input, including one from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 7 at Lake-Lehman High School in Dallas Twp. Williams held its own public meetings in late May and early June.
The agency will accept comments during this period advising its staff on what issues it should examine. That comment period closes Aug. 18.
Documents are available on FERC’s online library under the docket number PF14-8-000. The agency will accept comments at 202-502-8258 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.