Reminder: Public Hearings This Week for Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Just a quick reminder that the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection is conducting four public hearings, beginning today and running through Wednesday, for the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. If there is any way you can make it to one of the hearings to show your support for the project, do it! Below is the DEP announcement sharing the locations for the hearings. Today are two hearings, both from 6-9p, one in Tunkhannock and the other in Lancaster. Tomorrow the hearing is in Bloomsburg, and Wednesday in Annville. Come out to support this critical pipeline project…

Here’s the DEP announcement:

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will open a comment period on May 27, 2017 and hold four public hearings for feedback on the earth disturbance (Chp. 102) and waterway and wetland encroachment (Chp.105) permit applications submitted by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project.

The proposed pipeline would run through northeast and central Pennsylvania and would connect natural gas-producing regions in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states. The pipeline project is proposed to run through Clinton, Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.

“We want to provide the public, especially those living near the pipeline route, with the opportunity to review permit applications and provide thoughtful, critical, and constructive feedback to aid in our technical review,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP is committed to an open and transparent review process and takes public input very seriously as we review the permit applications.”

A technical review is being conducted by department engineers and biologists to ensure the applications meet applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

The hearings will focus on the applications submitted for Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachments and Chapter 102 Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit for Earth Disturbance Associated with Oil and Gas activities. These permits are required for proposed activities located in, along, across or projecting into a watercourse, floodway or body of water, including wetlands and for earth disturbances associated with oil and gas exploration, production, processing or treatment operations or transmission facilities when earth disturbance is five acres or greater.

The hearing details are as follows:

  • Monday, June 12, 2017 — Tunkhannock Middle School Auditorium, Tunkhannock Middle School, 200 Franklin Avenue, Tunkhannock PA 18657, 6-9pm
  • Monday, June 12, 2017 — Max Smith Auditorium, Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601, 6-9pm
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 — Bloomsburg High School Auditorium, Bloomsburg High School, 1200 Railroad St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, 6-9pm
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017 — Lutz Hall, Lebanon Valley College, 101 College Ave, Annville, PA 17003, 6-9pm

To register for a hearing please contact:

  • Megan Lehman, North-Central Regional Office, (570) 327-3659, [email protected] (Hearing Locations: Lancaster Farm and Home Center, Bloomsburg High School, Lebanon Valley College)
  • Colleen Connolly, Northeast Regional Office, (570) 826-2035, [email protected] (Hearing Location: Tunkhannock Middle School)

The notices for the eight Chapter 105 applications and the one Chapter 102 Notice of Intent (NOI) will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday, May 27. DEP will accept written comments on the Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment permit applications and Chapter 102 NOI through Monday, June 26, 2017.

To enable the public to readily review the revised applications and responses to technical deficiencies the DEP has posted a copy of the application material to its webpage. This information can be found at http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/ProgramIntegration/Pennsylvania-Pipeline-Portal/Pages/Atlantic-Sunrise.aspx

Comments on the applications and NOI can be emailed or sent via postal mail to the following addresses:

Counties: Lancaster, Lebanon, Northumberland and Columbia
Department of Environmental Protection
North-Central Regional Office
Waterways and Wetlands Program
208 W. 3rd Street, Suite 101
Williamsport, PA 17701
[email protected]

Counties: Schuylkill, Luzerne, Wyoming and Susquehanna
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Northeast Regional Office
Waterways and Wetlands Program
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
[email protected]

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