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Lancaster groups to hold meeting on proposed pipeline

An interstate pipeline in Susquehanna County.

An interstate pipeline in Susquehanna County.

An informational meeting will be held in Thursday night in Lancaster to discuss a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline that would cut through 35 miles of the county.
The proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline would run through 10 Pennsylvania counties, but it’s faced its fierce opposition from people in Lancaster County, who have raised concerns about how it will effect the environment, public safety, and property values.
The pipeline’s initial route would have cut through several of the county’s nature preserves, but in response to public criticism, the Oklahoma-based pipeline company, Williams proposed an alternate route to federal regulators.
The informational public meeting tonight is hosted by the Lancaster County Conservancy and Lancaster Farmland Trust. It’s aimed at helping landowners along the proposed route learn more about the issue.
From the Lancaster County Conservancy:

When: Thursday, Oct. 16, from 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Farm and Home Center, at 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, Pa
The Lancaster County Conservancy and the Lancaster Farmland Trust will hold a free informational event about the proposed pipeline that will cut through 35 miles of Lancaster County. The meeting will feature three attorneys and two appraisers who will discuss aspects of the pipeline approval and land acquisition process in general terms.
Topics to be covered include the following:
• What matters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the presidentially appointed panel that will review Williams Partners’ expected application.
• The easements Williams would need to secure the rights of way it will need to dig and maintain the pipeline.
• The agreements needed to secure easements.
• The valuations used in determining how much property owners will be paid for easements.
• Negotiating such agreements.
• Securing the right to challenge the pipeline’s approval in court. A person or group must meet certain criteria and must seek to become what is called an “intervenor” during the approval process in order to have standing in court.
• Carl Engleman, Jr. from The Law Offices of Carl Engleman Jr., LLC
• Christina L. Hausner is an attorney and partner of Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP
• Carolyn Elefant is the founder and principal attorney with the Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant (LOCE) in Washington D.C.
• Ann DeLaurentis and Rudy DeLaurentis, of Concord House Real Estate, PA Certified General Appraisers.
This program is funded by the Lancaster County Community Foundation


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