Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Gets Positive EIS from FERC

Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline map
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The sun continues to rise on on Williams’ Transco Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. It seems like we’ve covered the story of Atlantic Sunrise forever–a $2.1 billion project consisting of compression and looping of the Transco Leidy Line in Pennsylvania along with a greenfield (brand new) pipeline segment of 178 miles, called the Central Penn Line, connecting the northeastern Marcellus producing region to the Transco mainline near Station 195 in southeastern Pennsylvania (see Atlantic Sunrise Will Pump $1.6B into Economy, Create 8K Jobs). There’s been some opposition from wackos and nutjobs–but for all their bluster, they are relatively few in number. In April 2015 Williams filed an official application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (see It’s Official: Williams Files with FERC for Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline). A major step in the approval process is to receive a favorable environmental impact statement (EIS) from FERC. That happened yesterday. FERC says that although there are “some impacts on the environment,” those impacts “would be reduced to less-than-significant levels” with proposed mitigation by Williams. This is really terrific news–an indication that FERC will grant final approval later this year or early next year…

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