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Pipeline company a no-show at public meeting

Last updated: May 08. 2014 11:23PM - 2615 Views
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For more information about the proposed Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project visit http://atlanticsunriseexpansion.com/ or contact atlanticsunrise@williams.com.



DALLAS TWP. — A proposed natural gas pipeline that will connect with an existing line near the Maryland border will run through Luzerne County for nearly 22 miles, and officials in one Back Mountain township are still waiting for information about the route.


A meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the Dallas Township municipal building was canceled after representatives from Williams, the operator of the proposed 30-inch pipeline, failed to show.


Approximately a dozen people waited for 30 minutes before leaving.


“This is the third time no show,” said Frank Wagner, township supervisor.


The information previously provided by Williams for its Atlantic Sunrise Project lacked specific details such as roads, railways, rivers, bodies of water or cities, towns or municipalities.


Township Supervisor Liz Martin said people took time off from work to attend the meeting scheduled for 3 p.m.


“We’d really like to see a (topographical map),” she said.


Williams spokesman Chris Stockton apologized for the company not attending, saying it was the result of miscommunication.


“That was a meeting that we did not have scheduled on our end,” Stockton said.


He noted that the kind of information Martin and the others are looking for can be found online at atlanticsunrisexpansion.com. It also will be available at a May 20 open house at Lake-Lehman High School. He also cautioned that the route could be adjusted based on feedback received at the local open house and others that the company will hold.


Information provided to Martin by Tulsa, Okla.-based Williams indicated the line would travel for 4.38 miles through Dallas Township, 5.25 miles through Fairmount Township, 4.3 miles through Lake Township, 3.05 miles through Lehman Township and 4.74 miles through Ross Township.


“It’s just a starting point,” Stockton said. “Everything we gather during this process will go into our design.”


The company will file an application in early 2015 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate pipelines. The new line is designed to lower energy bills by reducing capacity constraints, according to the company. The new infrastructure in Pennsylvania project will expand the existing Transco pipeline flowing north to south.


A project location map provided to Dallas Township officials dated March 28 showed the pipeline beginning in Susquehanna County and traveling southwest through Wyoming County and into northern Luzerne County, heading west to Columbia County, where it connects with an existing Transcontinental pipeline compressor station.


It then runs south through Northumberland, Schuylkill, Lebanon and Lancaster counties where it connects with an existing Transco pipeline.


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