PA Issues Final Permit for Atlantic Sunrise, Construction Sept 20

Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline is primed and ready to begin construction after receiving its very last required permit from Pennsylvania–an Air Quality Plan Approval for air emissions related to construction activities in Lancaster County. The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued the Air Quality permit last Friday. You may recall 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, received water crossing permits from the DEP and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a few weeks ago (see Atlantic Sunrise Pipe Gets Water Permits from Army Corps, PA DEP). In August the DEP held a public hearing in Lancaster to accept public comment on the air permit. A small group of anti-pipeline protesters acted like petulant 5-year olds and walked out of the hearing (see Big Green Groups Stage Walkout at PA DEP Atlantic Sunrise Hearing). No matter. Their antics didn’t affect the DEP. According to Williams, the builder of the pipeline, they now await an order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin construction. They expect to receive that order any day now. They hope (and expect) to begin construction next Wednesday, Sept. 20th…

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