Working closely with state and federal permitting agencies, Williams has developed specialized installation plans and mitigation techniques that result in avoiding or minimizing the effects of pipeline construction.
To mitigate for unavoidable wetland impacts, Williams has developed a compensatory mitigation plan which establishes 5 mitigation sites in Lycoming, Bradford, Lancaster, Schuylkill, and Columbia Counties.
Although no permanent wetland loss would result from the implementation of the project, Williams currently proposes to add approximately 25.16 acres of compensatory mitigation through the implementation of these 5 sites.
Williams has also taken steps to exceed traditional compensatory mitigation to even further offset environmental impacts related to the project. Working with The Conservation Fund, Williams has provided $2.5 million for conservation projects located within the project area. Together, these projects will result in the restoration of over 10 miles and 30 acres of streamside habitat, the creation of almost eight miles of new trails expected to be used by around 200,000 people, and the storage of approximately 925 tons each year of manure, which reduces quantities of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium entering nearby streams and improves water quality.