Hundreds attend Atlantic Sunrise job fair

A job fair hosted by the Teamsters Labor Management Cooperative Trust produced 198 applicants interested in working on Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. The two-day public event was held Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey in Harrisburg, Pa.

The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project is expected to create approximately 400 new jobs for the Teamsters, including positions for commercial truck drivers. Applicants were given a complete overview of the project, including wages, hours and working conditions. The prospect of a high-earning career is why many came to the job fair.

‘Quality jobs’

“These are good, high-paying, quality jobs with insurance and benefits here in their home state,” said Michael LaBorde, the training director with the Teamsters National Pipeline Training Fund. “There’s a great sense of pride to come to a community like this, talk to people who are unemployed and have an opportunity for them to make these kinds of wages to better their lives.”

At least five job seekers who attended the job fair have already been put to work at Atlantic Sunrise construction sites.

“It’s absolutely good. This is how our people feed their families. The more work we get in this area, the more people will prosper,” said Edgar H. Thompson, president of Teamsters Local 776 In Harrisburg.

Training offered

Safety instruction was also addressed at the job fair. Applicants were advised on the training and qualifications necessary for the jobs they are applying for. Over 100 attendees have been enrolled in safety training classes and instructional courses on how to operate various vehicles, that will take place throughout October.

“The fact that the people come from the area, live in Pennsylvania, work in Pennsylvania, they are more apt to be more responsible that the work is done safely and of high quality because they live in the area too,” said Richard Stern, administrator with the Teamsters National Pipeline Training Fund.

The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project broke ground in September, and it is expected to be in full service by mid-2018. The project will run through 10 Pennsylvania counties: Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Clinton and Lycoming.

For more information on job postings, visit teamsterspipeline.com.

MILESTONE: PA DEP Approves Key Permits for Atlantic Sunrise Project

Williams Partners Receives Key Pennsylvania DEP and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permits for Atlantic Sunrise Project; Receives FERC Approval to Place Portion of Project into Service on Sept. 1

  • Company will immediately commence the process of requesting FERC’s Notice to Proceed for all remaining construction

  • Greenfield pipeline construction in Pennsylvania expected to commence early this fall

  • Modifications to existing Transco facilities in Virginia and Maryland will be placed into service Sept. 1

  • Critical energy infrastructure connects abundant, cost-effective Pennsylvania gas supply with East Coast markets; Supports 8,000 jobs, $1.6 billion economic impact in project area

     

TULSA, Okla. – Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) today reported that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have issued required permits for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline to connect abundant Marcellus gas supplies with markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.

PADEP & USACE Permits

The company received the Chapter 105 (Water Obstruction and Encroachment) and Chapter 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control) permits from PADEP on Aug. 30 and the Clean Water Act Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Aug. 29.

The receipt of these remaining state and federal permits will allow the company to immediately commence the process of requesting a Notice to Proceed with construction from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), targeting commencing greenfield pipeline construction in Pennsylvania this fall. The full project capacity is scheduled to be placed into service in mid-2018.

Early Partial Mainline Service

The company also reported today that, in advance of the greenfield portion of the project coming into service, it has received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval to place a portion of the project into service early and, accordingly, expects to begin partial service Sept. 1, providing 400,000 dth/day of firm transportation service on Transco’s existing mainline facilities to various delivery points as far south as Choctaw County, Alabama. The partial service milestone is the result of recently completed modifications to existing Transco facilities in Virginia and Maryland designed to further accommodate bi-directional flow on the existing Transco pipeline system.

Company Perspective

“We are very pleased to have reached these important milestones for the Atlantic Sunrise project,” said Alan Armstrong, Williams’ president and chief executive officer. “This vital project will leverage existing infrastructure to deliver economic growth and help millions of Americans gain access to affordable Pennsylvania-produced clean-burning natural gas.”

Micheal Dunn, Williams’ executive vice president and chief operating officer, commented: “The Atlantic Sunrise project has been through a rigorous, thorough review process in Pennsylvania and we are committed to installing this important infrastructure in an environmentally responsible manner and in compliance with the state’s high environmental standards.”

The FERC authorized the project in February 2017, concluding that environmental impacts associated with the project would be reduced to “less than significant levels” with the implementation of mitigation measures proposed by the company and FERC.

About Atlantic Sunrise

Once complete, the Atlantic Sunrise expansion will help alleviate infrastructure bottlenecks in Pennsylvania, connecting abundant Marcellus gas supplies with markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. The nearly $3 billion expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline is designed to increase deliveries by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (enough to provide daily service to seven million homes). Williams Partners’ net investment in the Atlantic Sunrise project is expected to be approximately $1.9 billion. Pennsylvania State University researchers forecast the Atlantic Sunrise project to directly and indirectly support approximately 8,000 jobs in the 10 Pennsylvania counties during the project’s construction phase, resulting in an estimated $1.6 billion economic impact in the project area.

Additional information about the Atlantic Sunrise project can be found at www.williams.com/atlanticsunrise.

 

Atlantic Sunrise friends, family take in a night at the ballpark

Hot dogs, cold beverages, home runs — and natural gas?

Friends, family and neighbors of the energy industry joined baseball fans at PNC Field in Lackawanna County recently for Energy Night. Williams, in partnership with Cabot Oil & Gas, Lackawanna College, Invenergy, Southwestern Energy and Borton-Lawson, celebrated the energy industry with food, games and fellowship prior to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ game against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

“It’s a fun night to bring energy supporters from across the region to enjoy a wonderful ballgame,” Williams Public Outreach Manager Mike Atchie said. “But it’s also a great opportunity to showcase the great deal of support for the energy industry and what it has meant for the commonwealth.”

The relationship between America’s pastime and energy was a fitting theme for the evening — nearly every part of the game is touched by natural gas and natural gas byproducts, from the fertilizer used to treat the field to the equipment, stands and scoreboards, and gas-fired electric generation to power stadium lights.

The energetic atmosphere of game night was highlighted by industry supporters sharing why they stand in support of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project, with more than 130 people signing a petition urging the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to approve the project’s Chapter 102 and 105 permits that night alone.

 

“It’s finally time to build,” Cody Anderson said after signing. Her signature was added to the many voices of support on the petition letter that was delivered to the PA DEP this week.

Williams intern and Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas student Joseph Caprio agreed. “I support the Atlantic Sunrise project because of the great career opportunities.”

Many supporters cited the jobs the project will create and the local economic impact as the reasons they stand behind the energy infrastructure project.

“These are family-sustaining jobs,” state Rep. Jonathan Fritz, who attended the game and added his signature to the petition, said. “It used to be our best export was young talent — now we have a younger generation staying here, making a real living, having families, and it’s just so healthy for our area and the state.”

FERC DEIS Public Comment Meetings

All meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:

June 13, 2016
Manheim Township High School
115 Blue Streak Boulevard
Lancaster, PA 17601
Attend

June 14, 2016
Lebanon Valley College
Lutz Auditorium
101 N. College Avenue
Annville, PA 17003
Attend

June 15, 2016
Bloomsburg University
Haas Center for the Arts – Mitrani Hall
400 E. Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Attend

June 16, 2016
Lake Lehmon High School
1128 Old Route 115
Dallas, PA 18612
Attend

Open Houses

Williams will formally introduce the Atlantic Sunrise Project during a series of public workshops conducted in the project area. The tentative dates and locations for these meetings are listed below.

  • May 20, 6-9 p.m. (Luzerne County) Lake Lehman High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Dallas, PA
  • May 21, 6-8 p.m. (Lycoming County) Hughesville Fire Department Railroad & Water Street, Hughesville, PA
  • May 22, 6-8 p.m.  (Clinton County) Chapman Township, 79 Parks Ave
    North Bend, PA
  • June 2, 6-8 p.m.  (Susquehanna County) Mount View School District, 11748 State Route 106, Kingsley, PA
  • June 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.  (Wyoming County) Keystone College (Brooks Theater in Brooks Hall), 1 College Road, La Plume, PA
  • June 4, 6-8 p.m.  (Northumberland County) The Wayside Inn, 6638 State Route 61, Shamokin, PA
  • June 5, 6-8 p.m.  (Columbia County) Bloomsburg Fire Department Social Hall, 911 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA
  • June 9, 6-8 p.m.  (Schuykill County) Tremont Fire Co. #1, 21 Millcreek Rd., Tremont, PA
  • June 10, 6-8 p.m.  (Lebanon County) Anneville-Cleona High School, 500 South White Oak Street, Annville, PA
  • June 11, 6-8 p.m.  (Lancaster County) Millersville University (Student Memorial Center), 21 S George St, Millersville, PA 175512

These workshops, also known as “open houses,” are open to the public and designed to provide interested parties an opportunity to meet project personnel, review maps, learn more about the regulatory process, ask questions and share feedback.

Williams is dedicated to working with communities to identify facility locations that minimize impacts on the community and the environment, while balancing the needs of customers. Early involvement from communities helps the company identify and address issues related to project design and location.

The meetings are informal. Pipeline staff, representing a variety of disciplines, will be present to listen to landowners, public officials, and other interested stakeholders who attend the meetings to learn more about the project.

FERC Scoping Meetings

  • August 4 (7-10 p.m.) Millersville University, Student Memorial Center, 21 South George St., Millersville, PA
  • August 5 (7-10 p.m.) Lebanon Valley College, Lutz Hall, 101 N. College Ave, Anneville, PA
  • August 6 (7-10 p.m.) Bloomsburg University, Haas Center for the Arts, 400 E. Second St., Bloomsburg, PA
  • August 7 (7-10 p.m.) Lake Lehmon High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Dallas, PA