First Posted: 8/12/2014
LUZERNE COUNTY — Plans to construct a 100-mile natural gas pipeline extending from northern Luzerne County to New Jersey were unveiled Tuesday by PennEast Pipeline Company LLC.
“I want to stress the project is in the early stages,” Patricia Kornick, PennEast Pipeline project spokesperson, said. “We are gaining input from residents, and conducting environmental and field studies.”
The pipeline is being built to transport Marcellus Natural Gas to the Mid-Atlantic region, fueling Pennsylvania and New Jersey homes and businesses while offering consumers lower cost energy and gas transportation savings.
The PennEast Pipeline, which will be managed and operated by UGI Energy Services, is estimated to carry enough natural gas to fuel 4.7 million homes, up to one billion cubic feet per day.
In a statement issued by UGI, John Walsh, president and CEO of UGI Corporation said, “In response to the abundant supplies and low price of natural gas, customer demand has increased significantly. This project serves to meet that growing demand in the mid-Atlantic marketplace, while providing greater system resiliency and reliability for local utilities.”
The proposed pipeline route will begin near the Luzerne-Wyoming County border. Kornick said the specific route has not been determined yet.
But the pipeline will extend southeast through Carbon County east of Jim Thorpe, between Bethlehem and Easton in Northampton County, across the northern tip of Bucks County and into Hunterdon, New Jersey and end at the Transco’s Trenton-Woodbury interconnection in Mercer County, New Jersey. A map can be found at http://penneastpipeline.com/route.php.
The project’s three-year timeline starts this year with notifying property owners and pre-filing an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
In 2015, PennEast Pipeline will file a formal application with the FERC. Pending the application approval and the acquisition of the required municipal permits by 2016; construction will be begin in 2017.
“In 2018 the pipeline will be in use,” Kornick said.
Kornick said PennEast set up three ways for possibly affected land owners to obtain information:
• Website, www.penneastpipeline.com;
• Email questions to: [email protected];
• Call toll-free number, 1-844-347-7119.
The pipeline project will bring 2,000 construction jobs, which will last until the pipeline’s completion, about seven months to a year. Then, Kornick said, full-time pipeline inspectors and safety personal will be hired.
PennEast is a joint project of AFL Resources, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia; NJR Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, headquartered in Wall, N.J; South Jersey Industries, headquartered in Folsom, N.J.; and UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of UGI Corporation, King of Prussia, PA.