PA DEP to Hold Final Atlantic Sunrise Hearing, Antis Plan Walkout

For those of us who have long supported the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project, it seems like it has taken FOREVER for the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue final water and air permits for the pipeline. Atlantic Sunrise is a $3 billion, 198-mile natural gas pipeline project, most of which will get built in northeast Pennsylvania. In an attempt to get the DEP moving, Williams co-hosted an event a few weeks ago in Wyoming County to pressure the DEP into granting final permits (see Atlantic Sunrise Pipe Rally: ‘Time to Kick Politicians in the Ass’). Perhaps the event helped. On the very same day as the event, the DEP announced a supplemental 30-day public comment period to begin on July 22. During this time, the DEP will hold one final public hearing–for feedback on an Air Quality Plan Approval for construction activities related to Atlantic Sunrise. That final public hearing will be held on Monday, August 14, in Lancaster. The anti-pipeline group Lancaster Against Pipelines (organized by some of the same people who illegally protested against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota), are planning a mass temper tantrum at the hearing. They will stage a “walkout” at the meeting. Adults behaving like spoiled rotten children. We’ve come to expect it from them. MDN encourages pro-pipeliners (i.e. adults) to show up in large numbers so that when the 10-15 antis walk out, nobody will even notice…

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