Sections of steel pipe milled for the construction of the proposed Atlantic Sunrise project are currently being manufactured and transported to various temporary storage yards maintained by Williams’ pipe transportation contractor in Pennsylvania. The pipe must be manufactured and transported many months in advance of construction due to the long lead time associated with milling the nearly 200 miles of pipe associated with the project.
Pipeline operators often work with state or federal permitting agencies to offset construction impacts by partnering with local environmental organizations. Through these coordinated efforts, local environmental organizations often receive financial support to fund projects and programs. These partnerships provide a unique opportunity for conservation organizations to secure the resources that are needed to complete important environmental initiatives.
For example, in 2015 Williams coordinated with the Donegal Chapter of Trout Unlimited (DTU) on a compensatory mitigation project in Conowingo Creek Watershed in Lancaster County, PA to restore and create wetlands and streams, and create a forested riparian buffer. The project, known as the Lloyd Farm Conversation Project, provided Williams with a mitigation opportunity to offset impacts of the Rock Springs Expansion, which was constructed late last year in Lancaster County and Cecil County, MD.
The Lloyd Farm Conservation Project is a $345,685 environmental improvement effort made possible through Williams’ mitigation funding combined with the DTU’s 319 Grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
According to DTU President James Wellendorf, the restoration work at Lloyd Farm was the first DTU had utilized mitigation funding to tackle a significant water conservation project.
“This project has broken new ground for our chapter. Throughout the entire process all parties – Williams, Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited, Trout Unlimited and Donegal Trout Unlimited – have worked together in the spirit of cooperation and doing what is right for the environment.” – James Wallendorf, DTU President
Development of the wetlands, riparian buffers, and stream restoration of Lloyd Farm Conservation Project is scheduled for completion in summer of 2016 and will be monitored by DTU and Williams during the next several years.
The Atlantic Sunrise proposal reached a major milestone earlier this month when it received notice that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had issued the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS concluded that environmental impacts would be reduced to “less than significant levels” with the implementation of proposed mitigation measures by the company and by FERC.
The draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. The FERC is the primary approval agency and serves in a coordinating role with other relevant federal and state agencies.
“This is a significant milestone for the project. We are committed to working to ensure that this project is constructed in a responsible, environmentally-sensitive manner so that we can connect consumers along the East Coast with abundant, cost-effective Pennsylvania natural gas supplies.” – Atlantic Sunrise Project Director Chris Springer.
Williams has mailed its latest Project Update stakeholder newsletter.
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
June 14, 2016
Lebanon Valley College
101 N. College Avenue
Annville, PA 17003
June 15, 2016
Haas Center for the Arts – Mitrani Hall
400 E. Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
June 16, 2016
Lake Lehmon High School
1128 Old Route 115
Dallas, PA 18612
William’ Atlantic Sunrise proposal has received notice that that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)