Keeping streams clean in Northcentral Pennsylvania

StreamA grant to Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (NPC) through the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program helped the organization take the first step in their efforts to improve streams in agricultural areas being compromised due to erosion, sediment and run-off from agricultural operations. NPC also was able to get matching funds for the grant through the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s “Growing Greener Program.”

NPC, in partnership with the Columbia County Conservation District and several landowners, used the monies for permits, design and installation of agricultural stream crossings, exclusionary fencing and streambank stabilization to help improve the water quality of the streams running through these properties.

“By installing fence to keep the livestock out of the stream, we are able to prevent erosion caused by the weight of the animals pushing the streambank into the water,” said Renee Carey, with NPC.

Also, Renee shared that while streambank erosion continues to be a problem on many streams in the northcentral region, the success of this project improved several streams and shows other landowners this process will benefit both landowners and the community.

This project had a positive ripple effect by providing the opportunity to meet with local watershed associations and engage in thoughtful dialogue around improving water quality; helping Conservation District employees gain skills they can use on future projects; and determining what worked and what didn’t in the process.

Renee said, “There are many other sites that would benefit from the type of work undertaken with this grant. We are continuing to work with Growing Greener in Columbia County and hope to continue to work with Williams as well.”

Williams Partners Receives FERC Certificate Authorizing Atlantic Sunrise Project 

  • Critical energy infrastructure will connect abundant, cost-effective Pennsylvania gas supply with East Coast markets 
  • Project to support 8,000 jobs, $1.6 billion economic impact in project area

February 3, 2017

TULSA, Okla. – Williams Partners (NYSE: WPZ) today reported that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the Atlantic Sunrise expansion 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.

“While we are still reviewing details of the certificate order, we are pleased FERC has approved this much-needed energy infrastructure project which will leverage existing infrastructure to help millions of Americans gain access to affordable Pennsylvania-produced natural gas,” said Rory Miller, senior vice president of Williams Partners’ Atlantic-Gulf operating area. “Today, Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. Projects like Atlantic Sunrise will help the state maximize the tremendous economic benefits that this local resource holds.”

Following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, Williams Partners anticipates beginning construction on the mainline portion of the project facilities in mid-2017.  These mainline facilities will create a much-needed path from the northern part of the Transco system to markets along the Eastern Seaboard for a portion of the project capacity in time for the 2017-2018 heating season. Construction on the Central Penn Line, the greenfield portion of the project, is targeted to begin early in the 3rd Quarter of 2017, which would allow the full project capacity to be placed into service in mid-2018.

“Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project is a nearly $3 billion investment that will encourage continued production of natural gas in the shale regions and investment in manufacturing throughout Pennsylvania. Infrastructure like this is needed to strengthen our energy portfolio, which also includes coal, nuclear and renewables. This project is among the largest private investments of capital ever made in this state and will support thousands of family-sustaining jobs during construction – many of them in blue-collar trade and manufacturing sectors — and hundreds of long-term jobs once operational,” said Gene Barr, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

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.

Following a comprehensive nearly three-year review, the Order issued by the Commission concludes that the Atlantic Sunrise project will serve the public interest. On Dec. 30, 2016, FERC published its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed project, concluding that environmental impacts would be reduced to “less than significant levels” with the implementation of mitigation measures proposed by the company and FERC.

About Atlantic Sunrise

The Atlantic Sunrise expansion project consists of approximately 200 miles of pipe, including about 185 miles of new natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, 11 miles of pipeline looping in Pennsylvania, 2.5 miles of pipeline replacements in Virginia and associated equipment and facilities. The project’s proposed aboveground facilities include two new compressor stations in Pennsylvania, additional compression and related modifications to three existing compressor stations in Pennsylvania and Maryland; two new meter stations and three new regulator stations in Pennsylvania; and minor modifications at existing aboveground facilities at various locations in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina to allow for bi-directional flow.

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 service to seven million homes). Williams Partners’ net investment in the Atlantic Sunrise project is expected to be approximately $1.9 billion.

Additional information about the Atlantic Sunrise project can be found at

Transco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners, of which Williams (NYSE: WMB) owns controlling interests. Transco is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing interstate natural gas transmission pipeline system. It delivers natural gas to customers through its 10,200-mile pipeline network whose mainline extends nearly 1,800 miles between South Texas and New York City. The system provides cost-effective natural gas services to U.S. markets in the Southeast and Atlantic seaboard states, including major metropolitan areas in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as international markets.


Williams’ Mike Atchie Discusses Atlantic Sunrise on Shale Gas News Radio Show

Mike Atchie, who heads our community outreach team in Northeastern Pennsylvania, was recently on the 94.3 (WTRW-FM) Shale Gas News radio show, where he discussed a significant regulatory milestone reached by the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project.

Atchie recapped the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) recently released final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed project, which concluded that environmental impacts would be reduced to “less than significant levels” with the implementation of mitigation measures proposed by the company and FERC.

You can read more about the FEIS here.

The Atlantic Sunrise project grant program also was discussed on the Shale Gas News radio show. Williams is currently accepting applications for it’s fifth grant cycle with applications due on March 1. You can learn more about how Williams is working with communities throughout the Atlantic Sunrise project footprint here.

Lastly, Atchie highlighted the importance of the Atlantic Sunrise project and the infrastructure demand for expanding the Transco line, stating:

“The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline will connect to our existing Transco line, which has been in service in Pennsylvania for over 50 years. That line runs up and down the East Coast, so we can move gas through Transco and down as far south as Alabama. So it’s conceivable that gas produced in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, can serve needs in Washington, D.C., and along the whole mid-Atlantic area — that’s dynamic, that’s changing the whole approach to how we move energy in this country. It’s just tremendous.”

Listen to the full Shale Gas News radio show here.