FERC Greenlights Construction of Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Bad news for the Sisters of the Corn and the radicals at Lancaster Against Pipelines. On Friday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Williams permission to begin construction on Atlantic Sunrise, a $3 billion, 198-mile pipeline project running through 10 Pennsylvania counties to connect Marcellus Shale natural gas from northeastern PA with the Williams’ Transco pipeline in southern Lancaster County. Last week the Sierra Club and a mish mash of other nutball groups begged FERC to delay issuing an order that Williams can commence with construction, claiming FERC’s delay in considering a rehearing delayed a lawsuit and the lawsuit hasn’t had enough time to work it’s way through the court system (see Big Green Begs FERC to Delay Construction of Atlantic Sunrise Pipe). As was expected, Big Green’s begging and pleading fell on deaf ears. Williams previously said they plan to begin construction on Sept. 20th–this Wednesday. Ladies and gentleman, start your (backhoe) engines! Sisters of the Corn (see Lancaster Sisters of the Corn Lose Bid to Stop Atlantic Coast Pipe), you may want to pick up your wooden park benches and the flower trestle–what you call a “chapel”–in the middle of your corn field. Here comes the Atlantic Sunrise!…

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