PennEast Pipeline Gets 401 Water Quality Certificate from PA DEP

PennEast Pipeline proposed route – click for larger version

PennEast Pipeline is reporting a major milestone in getting their project approved: the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection last Friday awarded the pipeline a 401 Federal Clean Water Act “Water Quality Certification.” PennEast is a $1 billion, 118-mile, primarily 36-inch pipeline that will get built from Dallas (Luzerne County), PA to Transco’s pipeline interconnection near Pennington (Mercer County), NJ. Although the PA DEP’s water certificate is certainly good news, it comes not long after a continuing cloud over the project–yet another delay by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (see FERC Delays PennEast Pipeline Final Review – Again). FERC was supposed to issue a final environmental assessment for PennEast last August. Then it got changed to December. Then it got changed to this month, February. There will almost certainly be a fourth delay as there are now not enough FERC Commissioners to vote on the assessment (since Norman Bay quit in a huff, see FERC Commissioner Resigns Threatening Major M-U Pipeline Projects). However, for now, let’s revel in the current good news for the project…

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