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The red lines show the  Atlantic Sunrise expansion. The light blue lines are the existing Transco system.

The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

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The red lines show the proposed Atlantic Sunrise expansion. The light blue lines are the existing Transco system.

Courtesy: Williams

The red lines show the proposed Atlantic Sunrise expansion. The light blue lines are the existing Transco system.

The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is a project of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Partners. It’s one of many large-scale pipeline projects in the works in Pennsylvania. Williams currently operates the Transco system which has over 10,000 miles of pipeline moving gas to other businesses, like utility companies and power plants.

The Atlantic Sunrise is a $3 billion expansion of the Transco system. It’s designed to move Marcellus Shale gas from Susquehanna County in northeastern Pennsylvania as far south as Alabama. It was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in February 2017. The pipeline still needs permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, but Williams expects construction to begin in mid-2017, and aims for an in-service date of mid-2018. The line would go through 10 central Pennsylvania counties (Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Clinton and Lycoming). It would carry the gas to markets along the eastern seaboard, including the Cove Point liquefied natural gas export terminal on the Chesapeake Bay.

The project has been met with considerable public push-back, especially in Lancaster County, where opponents started building encampments last fall. Hundreds of people have pledged to engage in civil disobedience in an effort to block the project.

Latest Posts

Nearly 30 arrested protesting Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Nearly 30 people were arrested and charged with defiant trespassing Monday after they blocked construction equipment for the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County. The showdown between the pipeline company and the protesters has been in the making since the project was first announced three years ago. The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is being [...]

Protesters park cars to blockade Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline work site

Anti-pipeline activists in Lancaster County formed a vehicle blockade Monday that temporarily obstructed access to a work site for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. Protesters parked 16 cars along Witmer Road in Manor Township to impede workers’ access to a horizontal directional drill site where the pipeline builder, Williams, intends to install the line under the Conestoga [...]

Police, protesters prepare for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline construction

Police are expected to have an almost constant presence in Lancaster County during construction later this month of the Atlantic Sunrise interstate natural gas pipeline. Brett Hambright, of the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office says he’s hoping planned protests against the project are peaceful but, “we’re not naive to the point we think this would [...]

Construction begins on Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Williams Partners has announced construction is officially underway on its multi-billion dollar Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, which is being built to connect Marcellus Shale gas in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets along the eastern seaboard. “We are committed to installing this infrastructure in a safe, environmentally responsible manner and in full compliance with rigorous state and federal [...]

DEP issues water permits for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

Pennsylvania environmental regulators approved key water permits for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Thursday, allowing construction to move forward on the natural gas transmission line. The line is an expansion of the existing Transco system, which has over 10,000 miles of pipeline moving natural gas to other businesses, such as utility companies and power plants. The [...]

Judge gives Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline possession of final holdout properties

A federal judge has granted the builder of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline immediate possession of five holdout properties resisting the project, including land owned by a group of Catholic nuns in Lancaster County. Earlier this summer The Adorers of the Blood of Christ attracted global media coverage when they erected a chapel in the path of [...]

Pipeline protesters walk out of DEP hearing, calling it a ‘sham’

Dozens of people walked out of a Department of Environmental Protection hearing Monday in Lancaster County, while wearing surgical masks and accusing state regulators of failing to protect public health and safety. The purpose of the hearing was to accept public comment on an air quality plan for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline– a controversial interstate [...]

Pipeline company buys site of protest encampment

The company behind a multi-billion dollar natural gas transmission pipeline planned to run through parts of central Pennsylvania has bought a Lancaster County farm that was being used as headquarters for a protest movement against the project. Nicknamed,The Stand, the farm was home to an encampment that emerged earlier this year shortly after federal regulators [...]

Nuns sue federal agency over natural gas pipeline

A group of Roman Catholic nuns has filed a lawsuit against the federal agency that approved construction of a major interstate natural gas pipeline, planned to run through the nuns’ property in Lancaster County. The suit, filed by sisters from the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, targets the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline and alleges the [...]

State regulators hold hearings on Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

More than 100 people turned out in Lancaster County Monday evening to weigh in on the Atlantic Sunrise, a large interstate natural gas line planned to run through 10 counties in Pennsylvania. State environmental regulators are hosting four public hearings this week to accept public comment on pending permit applications. Williams, the company building the [...]

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