The Williams Companies Inc. has submitted its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission application for its proposed pipeline in Pennsylvania with about half of the route being changed from the original plans, a company representative said.
An energy company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Williams Companies Inc. wants to expand its Transco pipeline to connect the natural gas fields in northern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states by 2017.
Dubbed the “Atlantic Sunrise Project,” the proposed expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline would add about 180 miles of new 42-inch, high-pressure pipeline to reach Susquehanna County, transporting about 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day that can serve about 7 million homes. The section of the new lines called the Central Penn Line South would run from Lancaster County to Susquehanna County and include about 18 miles of pipeline through five townships in the western part of Schuylkill County, entering from East Cameron Township, Northumberland County, and running underground through Eldred, Hegins, Frailey, Tremont and Pine Grove townships in Schuylkill County, to Union Township, Lancaster County, through Swatara State Park. Continue reading Atlantic Sunrise Route Changed→
PINE GROVE — Jack Zerbe II was about 10 years old when the Sunoco pipeline was built through his family’s farm in Washington Township, but he remembers that it took 15 to 20 years for production on that land to return to where it was before construction.
Chief Carlos Whitewolf beat a small hand drum and sang a Native American prayer for Mother Earth in the cold January air in Hershey.
Many of the 50 or so other protesters outside the Hershey Lodge, where national Republican Party leaders were attending a retreat, demonstrated against issues such as the Keystone XL Pipeline and climate change.
But Whitewolf, chief of the Northern Arawak Tribal Nation of Pennsylvania, was objecting to something more local — the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project in Lancaster County.