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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.

Latest Posts

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 [...]

Trump’s election overshadows pipeline protests around the U.S.

Activists are holding a national “day of action” Tuesday to protest the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline. Native American groups’ opposition to the project has gotten a lot of attention recently, but it’s just one of many pipeline battles going on across the country. And Donald Trump’s election and his stance in favor of fossil fuels are [...]

Opponents build wooden structure to block Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

Opponents of the Atlantic Sunrise interstate natural gas pipeline are building a wooden structure in southern Lancaster County, in an attempt to block the pipeline’s construction. Mark Clatterbuck of the group, Lancaster Against Pipelines, says they were inspired by Native American groups’ opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline earlier this year. He says the structure [...]

Congressional candidates weigh in on pipeline

The expansion of natural gas pipelines has been a hot topic in Pennsylvania over the past few years, and not surprisingly, it’s surfaced as an issue on the campaign trail. At a debate in Lancaster County Monday night, the three candidates vying for the 16th Congressional District were asked about their views on the proposed [...]

EPA raises concerns about Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

The Environmental Protection Agency is raising concerns about the potential impacts of the proposed Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline. In a letter sent last week to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the EPA criticizes FERC’s draft environmental impact statement, which found the pipeline would not create significant adverse impacts. Although FERC is charged with [...]

Federal regulators get earful from pipeline opponents

Federal regulators got an earful at an angry public meeting about a proposed natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County, which ended with the police showing up as protesters disrupted the proceeding. About 350 people attended the meeting Monday night to give comments on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). [...]

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