Federal regulators to hold meetings on proposed pipeline

  • Marie Cusick

A natural gas pipeline in Lycoming County.

Marie Cusick / StateImpact Pennsylvania

A natural gas pipeline in Lycoming County. Oklahoma-based Williams Partners is seeking to build 177 miles of new pipeline through 10 Pennsylvania counties in an effort to bring Marcellus Shale gas to markets along the East Coast.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is planning to hold four public meetings throughout Pennsylvania next week to discuss a proposed expansion of the Transco natural gas pipeline system.
FERC regulates interstate pipelines. Last week the agency announced it would conduct an environmental impact statement on the project and is accepting public comments through August 18th.
Oklahoma-based Williams Partners operates the Transco system, which has over 10,000 miles of exisiting pipeline–moving gas to other businesses, like utility companies and power plants.
As part of a $3 billion project called Atlantic Sunrise, Williams is proposing 177 miles through Pennsylvania of new pipeline to connect Marcellus Shale gas to markets along the East Coast– cities like Baltimore, Washington D.C. and as far south as Alabama.
If approved by FERC, the pipeline would run through 10 Pennsylvania counties, including Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Clinton and Lycoming.
All of the meetings will be from 7 to 10pm (Williams representatives will available at an open house from 6-7pm, prior to the FERC meeting) :
Monday, August 4: Lancaster County

Millersville University
Student Memorial Center
21 South George Street
Millersville, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, August 5: Lebanon County

Lebanon Valley College
Lutz Hall
101 North College Avenue
Annville, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, August 6: Columbia County

Bloomsburg University
Haas Center for the Arts
400 East Second Street
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Thursday, August 7: Luzerne County
Lake Lehman High School
1128 Old Route 115
Dallas, Pennsylvania

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