Atlantic Sunrise secures another key permit

Following a thorough regulatory review, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) announced Friday it has issued an air quality plan approval for air emissions related to construction activities in Lancaster County for Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project.

“DEP thoroughly reviewed the application to ensure that temporary emissions during the construction phase of this project will be minimal and completely offset by reductions elsewhere,” PA DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said in a news release.

The plan approval authorizes the use of Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) to comply with the offset requirements of Pennsylvania law.

PA DEP issued the chapter 102 and 105 permits for the pipeline on August 31. The air quality plan was one of the final permits needed for pipeline construction in Lancaster County. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission still has to give Williams a notice to proceed with construction of the pipeline.

Williams Partners said Friday it expects to begin work on portions of the pipeline Sept. 20.