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The red lines show the proposed 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.

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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 [...]

Lawmaker wants pipeline protesters to pay for police, cleanup costs

New pipelines designed to carry Pennsylvania’s shale gas have taken center stage in a controversy over climate change, private property rights, and the nation’s energy future. Protests have emerged all over the country, including an encampment in Lancaster County, where activists hope to disrupt construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline–an interstate gas transmission line approved by [...]

Pipeline protesters face large fines over use of Lancaster County barn

Opponents of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline say they’re being threatened and harassed by a Lancaster County municipality for allegedly misusing a barn as part of a protest encampment. Condemnation notices placed on the Conestoga Township barn Monday cite zoning and building codes, which prohibit the farm from being used as an encampment and [...]

After Standing Rock, pipeline fights continue around U.S.

As authorities clear out the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, battles have flared up in other states, including Pennsylvania, which has become a major hub of natural gas development. Anti-pipeline activists recently launched an encampment in Lancaster County, and they’ve been coordinating with groups around the country. The Lancaster activists want to disrupt construction of the [...]

British cosmetics firm funds pipeline protest camp

Opponents of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline have raised tens of thousands of dollars for a new encampment in Lancaster County, but most of the money is from one source–  British cosmetics firm, Lush. Lancaster Against Pipelines recently received $22,000 through a Lush program called Charity Pot. Grants are intended to support animal protection, the environment, and human [...]

Atlantic Sunrise pipeline opponents begin encampment

Opponents of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline are officially launching an encampment in Lancaster County this weekend. The pipeline was approved by federal regulators earlier this month, although it still awaits permits from the state Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Williams, the company behind the project, expects construction to [...]

FERC approves Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Williams Partners’ planned Atlantic Sunrise pipeline late Friday afternoon, just minutes before the agency became hamstrung by the departure of one of its commissioners. FERC chairman Norman Bay resigned at the close of business Friday, leaving the commission with only two of its five seats filled and now lacking [...]

Lancaster County pipeline opponents prepare for encampments

Anti-pipeline activists in Lancaster County are preparing to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience to block a proposed natural gas transmission line. The group Lancaster Against Pipelines is spearheading the effort. Activists have built two wooden structures near Conestoga, which they intend to occupy if and when crews begin work on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. Williams, [...]

Atlantic Sunrise pipeline clears major regulatory hurdle

Federal regulators say a large natural gas transmission line planned to run through parts of central Pennsylvania will create limited environmental impacts. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline Friday. The Atlantic Sunrise is a $3 billion expansion of the Transco system. It’s [...]

Wolf aide married to gas industry lobbyist may be violating Pa.’s ethics law

When anti-fracking activist Scott Cannon’s invitation to serve on Governor Tom Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force was rescinded last July, emails soon surfaced showing Gov. Wolf’s special assistant, Yesenia Bane, asking the state Department of Environmental Protection to uninvite him. The move created a stir among environmental activists. It’s still not clear why the activist [...]

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