Harrisburg, PA – After thorough review, the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved
the Chapter 105 and Chapter 102 permit applications for the Atlantic
Sunrise Pipeline Project. The pipeline will transport natural gas from
northeast Pennsylvania to mid-Atlantic and southern states.
“DEP undertook a thorough review of these permit applications, and
factored in thousands of comments from Pennsylvania residents,” said DEP
Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP’s technical staff reviewed the
comments in evaluating the revised plans and final permit conditions
that must be met throughout the construction process of this pipeline.”
The project required Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment
Permit for each of the 10 counties the project crosses (Susquehanna,
Luzerne, Schuylkill, Wyoming, Columbia, Northumberland, Lancaster,
Lycoming, Clinton and Lebanon), as well as 3 Chapter 102 erosion and
sediment control permit authorizations.
“Transco is required to implement new protocols for alerting homeowners
of activities near their homes and water supplies. In addition, Transco
must offer to pre-test private water supplies along the pipeline route
so that any impacts from construction can be quickly identified and
remediated,” said McDonnell.
The permits were issued with strict special conditions designed to
ensure the strongest possible protections for streams and wetlands, as
well as additional stipulations for landowners with private drinking
An Air Quality Plan Approval for air emissions related to construction
activities in Lancaster County is still under review by DEP. There is no
timeline for a decision.
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco), the operator of
the pipeline, will require approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission to begin construction.
“This is not the end of DEP oversight of this project. DEP will continue
to hold the project accountable to regulatory standards that protect
the environment and ensure the health, public safety, and welfare of
local communities,” said McDonnell.
More information, including all of the permits, can be found here http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/ProgramIntegration/Pennsylvania-Pipeline-Portal/Pages/Atlantic-Sunrise.aspx
MEDIA CONTACT: Neil Shader, 717-787-1323