Williams Partners responds to temporary administrative stay of Atlantic Sunrise FERC authorization

 

  • Williams Files Motion for Clarification of the administrative stay to confirm no interruption of East Coast natural gas supplies

  • U.S. District Court Order: “The purpose of this administrative stay is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the emergency motion for stay and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of that motion.”

  • Temporary stay a result of a lawsuit against the FERC for not further extending a comprehensive nearly four-year permitting process

  • Stay puts 8,000 jobs at risk in Pennsylvania and could delay clean, affordable natural gas deliveries to millions of U.S. families

  

TULSA, Okla. – Williams Partners L.P. today filed a Motion for Clarification of an administrative stay issued yesterday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authorization of the company’s Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project. The purpose of the administrative stay is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider an emergency motion filed by project opponents last week requesting that FERC extend a comprehensive four-year permitting process even further.

“Atlantic Sunrise has undergone a nearly four-year, extensive review process and is operating and being constructed in compliance with all state and federal permits,” said Micheal Dunn, Williams Partners’ chief operating officer. “These current actions by opponents of American energy are, this morning, idling thousands of workers in Pennsylvania and could delay the benefits of low-cost energy delivery to millions of American families.

Dunn continued: “It is important to stress that this temporary stay is administrative and not related to the project’s execution or its compliance with applicable federal or state regulations or permit conditions. It is merely intended to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the motion recently filed by project opponents and is not a ruling on the merits of that motion. Our expectation is that the court will expeditiously complete its review.”

“We have worked with countless elected officials, regulators, environmental consultants and landowners to bring this vital U.S. energy project to construction, and a vast majority of stakeholders understand how critical these types of projects are to economic growth, jobs and manufacturing expansion in addition to helping the U.S. transition away from the use of higher carbon fuels.”

Atlantic Sunrise pipeline construction broke ground in Pennsylvania on Sept. 15, 2017. While Williams has ceased construction activities until the temporary stay is lifted, the company believes it is prudent and will continue to maintain environmental controls related to construction to remain in compliance with federal and Pennsylvania permits, while protecting the environment.

During peak construction periods, the project is anticipated to directly employ approximately 2,300 people in 10 Pennsylvania counties. In addition, the project could support an additional 6,000 jobs in related industries and generate up to $1.6 billion in economic activity, according to researchers at Pennsylvania State University.

The nearly $3 billion project, which is designed to increase natural gas deliveries by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day, is expected to be placed into full service in mid-2018.

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

Download a copy of the statement here.