40 Minor Route Changes Adopted in Supplemental FERC Filing

June 8, 2015 — Today Williams filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) additional minor route changes for its Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project, supplementing information that was originally provided to the FERC as part of its March 31, 2015 certificate application.

To view the filing, click here: (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

The primary route filed with FERC in March 2015 reflected the project alignment as of Dec. 1, 2014. The supplemental filing today incorporates additional minor route changes adopted between Dec. 2, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Another supplemental filing reflecting changes made after March 31, 2015, will likely be submitted to FERC in July 2015.

Today’s supplemental filing incorporates an additional 40 minor route adjustments and workspace changes affecting roughly 10% (18.68 miles) of the total greenfield pipeline project, increasing the total greenfield mileage by 1.4 miles to 183.7 miles. These changes are primarily the result of requests from landowners and public officials, as well as attempts by project planners to further avoid various sensitive resources and land uses.

About half of the changes (21) were routes which had been previously identified as alternatives in the March 2015 FERC filing. The most significant of these included Alternate Route 17 (1.3 miles in Lebanon County), Alternate Route 19 (1.2 miles in Schuylkill County) and Alternate Route 20 (0.8 miles in Columbia County).

A complete list of the route modifications can be found in Table 1 (page 4-5) of Volume 1, supplemental filing part 1.

To date Williams has made adjustments to more than 50% of the greenfield pipeline route since it was introduced last year.

Williams Announces $350,000 in Atlantic Sunrise Community Grants

Williams today announced the recipients of the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program, awarding more than $350,000 to 49 organizations that reside in, and/or provide services to communities where the proposed Atlantic Sunrise project would be constructed and operated.

Community-Grant-1Grants up to $10,000 per applicant are being awarded to eligible organizations to fund projects that provide benefit to local communities or the environmental.

“The community grant program is a way for us to demonstrate in a very tangible way that we want to be a good neighbor and support the communities where we operate,” said Atlantic Sunrise Project Director Chris Springer. “As we talk to communities, one of the things we’ve heard is that many people aren’t familiar with Williams or its commitment to communities. Our goals is that through this program our neighbors will become more familiar with Williams and see that we are a 100-year-old company with a deep tradition of supporting the communities where our employees live and work.”

Two cycles of grant awards will be announced each year. The next cycle of grant awards will be announced next fall.

1st Cycle Grant Summary by County

  • Clinton County: three grants for a total of $16,000
  • Wyoming County: five grants for a total of $42,500
  • Schuylkill County: four grants for a total of $35,300
  • Lycoming County: three grants for a total of $18,165
  • Columbia County: ten grants for a total of $67,768
  • Lebanon County: six grants for a total of $52,800
  • Luzerne County: four grants for a total of $27,500
  • Lancaster County: nine grants for a total of $56,150
  • Susquehanna County: two grants for a total of $20,000
  • Northumberland County: three grants for a total of $20,000

1st Cycle Grant Recipients

  • Nicholson Fire Co. No. 1 (Wyoming County, PA) – Purchase of New Fire Truck. Grant Award: $7500
  • Clinton Township (Wyoming, PA) – Swing Set Project. Grant Award: $7500
  • Factoryville Vol. Fire Co. (Wyoming, PA) – Rescue Jack Procurement. Grant Award: $7500
  • Lake Winola Fire Co. (Wyoming, PA) – Ambulance Stretcher. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Northmoreland Twp. Vol. Fire Co. (Wyoming, PA) – Volunteer Hall Renovation. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Little Meadows Vol. Fire Co. and Rescue Squad (Susquehanna, PA) – Emergency Services Facility Building Project. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Montrose Restoration Committee (Susquehanna, PA) – Montrose Theater Heating System Replacement. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Hegins Valley Fire-Rescue (Schuylkill, PA) – Training Room. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Mahantongo Fire Co. (Schuylkill, PA) – Propane Tank and Garage Heater. Grant Award: $7500
  • Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Assoc. (Schuylkill, PA) – Special Needs Fishing Dock. Grant Award: $8000
  • Tremont Fire Co. No. 1 (Schuylkill, PA) – Radio Upgrade. Grant award: $9800
  • East Cameron Township Fire Co. (Northumberland, PA) – Fire Truck Replacement. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Elysburg Fire Dept. (Northumberland, PA) – Utility 170 Rehab. Grant Award: $5000
  • Ralpho Fire Co. No. 1 (Northumberland, PA) – Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Replacement. Grant Award: $5000
  • Black Forest Vol. Fire Co. (Lycoming, PA) – Lift for Rescue Trailer. Grant Award: $3165
  • James V. Brown Library (Lycoming, PA) – Books for Summer Reading Program. Grant Award: $6000
  • Mt. Zion Cemetery Co. (Lycoming, PA) – Mt. Zion Cemetery Restoration/Improvement. Grant Award: $9000
  • North Branch Land Trust (Luzerne/Wyoming, PA) – Howland Preserve Farmhouse Renovation Project. Grant Award: $7500
  • Children’s Service Center (Luzerne, PA) – Community Socialization and Development Campership Program. Grant Award: $5000
  • Dallas Area Fall Fair (Luzerne, PA) – Handicap Bathroom Facilities. Grant Award: $5000
  • Sweet Valley Vol. Fire Co. (Luzerne, PA) – Thermal Imaging Camera. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Bellgrove Fire Co. (Lebanon, PA) – QRS Unit Replacement. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Greenpoint Fire Co. (Lebanon, PA) – Emergency Back-up Generator. Grant Award: $7500
  • Lebanon Community Library (Lebanon, PA) – Books To Go Outreach Services. Grant Award: $7800
  • Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails, Inc. (Lebanon, PA) – Trail Resurfacing. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Ono Vol. Fire. Co. (Lebanon, PA) – Thermal Imager. Grant Award: $7500
  • Union Hose Co. of Annville, Inc. (Lebanon, PA) – Protective Fire Clothing. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Edward Hand Middle School (Lancaster, PA) – Evans Lady Maryland. Grant Award: $2000
  • Lancaster EMS Assoc. (Lancaster, PA) – Emergency and Public Safety Communications. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Lancaster Science Factory (Lancaster, PA) – Make It Yourself – STEM Pro Workshop Series. Grant Award: $4000
  • Lititz Run Watershed Alliance (Lancaster, PA) – Stream Monitoring Program/Watershed Day. Grant Award: $5000
  • Manheim Township Education Foundation (Lancaster, PA) – Inspiring 2030 Engineers with Early Hands-on STEM. Grant Award: $9000
  • Mastersonville Vol. Fire Co. (Lancaster, PA) – Medical Equipment Purchase. Grant Award: $830
  • Millersville University – Career and Life Studies (Lancaster, PA) – Career and Life Studies Scholarship Fund. Grant Award: $10,000
  • PA No-Till Alliance (Lancaster, PA) – 10th Anniversary Soil Health Field Day. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Wakefield Ambulance Assoc. (Lancaster, PA – Stryker XPS Systems. Grant Award: $5320
  • Benton Vol. Fire & Ambulance Co. (Columbia, Pa) – Equipment for New Pumper/Tanker. Grant Award: $7500
  • Buckhorn Vol. Community Fire Co. #1 (Columbia, PA) – Utility Terrain Vehicle. Grant Award: $7500
  • Greenwood Township Supervisors (Columbia, PA) – Backup Generator. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Locust Township Police Department (Columbia, PA) – Operation: Mutual Aid – Radios. Grant Award: $8000
  • Montour Township Fire Co. (Columbia, PA) – Replacement of Emergency Lights on Fire Truck. Grant Award: $2000
  • Camp Victory (Columbia, PA) – Public Accessible Boardwalk and Education Program. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Orange Township (Columbia, PA) – Kocher Park/Orange Township Recycling. Grant Award: $9080
  • Orangeville Public Library (Columbia, PA) – Literature for Preschool and Elementary Students. Grant Award: $513
  • The Children’s Museum (Columbia, PA) – Bringing Education Outdoors. Grant Award: $5000
  • Columbia County Traveling Library (Columbia, PA) – Improving Children’s Non-Fiction Library Collection. Grant Award: $8175
  • Kettle Creek Hose Co. No. 1 (Clinton and Potter (Fire Station), PA) – Rescue Off-road Vehicle. Grant Award: $5000
  • Clinton County Dept. of Emergency Services EMS Team (Clinton, PA) – EMS Team Equipment. Grant Award: $500
  • Hope Hose Company No. 2 (Clinton, PA) – Operations and Safety. Grant Award: $6000

The Atlantic Sunrise project is a proposed expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline system in eastern Pennsylvania designed to transport enough natural gas to serve approximately 7 million homes. The design and construction of the project is projected to generate approximately $1.6 billion in positive economic impact, according to a study authored by researchers at Pennsylvania State University. Since last spring the company has been involved in the FERC pre-filing process, soliciting input from citizens, governmental entities and other interested parties to identify and address issues with potential facility locations. In response to feedback received, the company has made adjustments nearly 50% of the pipeline route filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in March 2015.

Grant applications can be completed here.  Applications must be received by March 1 and September 1.

Williams Announces $350,000 in Atlantic Sunrise Community Grants

Community-Grant-1Williams today announced the recipients of the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program, awarding more than $350,000 to 49 organizations that reside in, and/or provide services to communities where the proposed Atlantic Sunrise project would be constructed and operated.

Grants up to $10,000 per applicant are being awarded to eligible organizations to fund projects that provide benefit to local communities or the environmental.

“The community grant program is a way for us to demonstrate in a very tangible way that we want to be a good neighbor and support the communities where we operate,” said Atlantic Sunrise Project Director Chris Springer.

“As we talk to communities, one of the things we’ve heard is that many people aren’t familiar with Williams or its commitment to communities. Our goals is that through this program our neighbors will become more familiar with Williams and see that we are a 100-year-old company with a deep tradition of supporting the communities where our employees live and work.” Two cycles of grant awards will be announced each year. The next cycle of grant awards will be announced next fall.

1st Cycle Grant Summary by County

  • Clinton County: three grants for a total of $16,000
  • Wyoming County: five grants for a total of $42,500
  • Schuylkill County: four grants for a total of $35,300
  • Lycoming County: three grants for a total of $18,165
  • Columbia County: ten grants for a total of $67,768
  • Lebanon County: six grants for a total of $52,800
  • Luzerne County: four grants for a total of $27,500
  • Lancaster County: nine grants for a total of $56,150
  • Susquehanna County: two grants for a total of $20,000
  • Northumberland County: three grants for a total of $20,000

1st Cycle Grant Recipients

  • Nicholson Fire Co. No. 1 (Wyoming County, PA) – Purchase of New Fire Truck. Grant Award: $7500
  • Clinton Township (Wyoming, PA) – Swing Set Project. Grant Award: $7500
  • Factoryville Vol. Fire Co. (Wyoming, PA) – Rescue Jack Procurement. Grant Award: $7500
  • Lake Winola Fire Co. (Wyoming, PA) – Ambulance Stretcher. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Northmoreland Twp. Vol. Fire Co. (Wyoming, PA) – Volunteer Hall Renovation. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Little Meadows Vol. Fire Co. and Rescue Squad (Susquehanna, PA) – Emergency Services Facility Building Project. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Montrose Restoration Committee (Susquehanna, PA) – Montrose Theater Heating System Replacement. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Hegins Valley Fire-Rescue (Schuylkill, PA) – Training Room. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Mahantongo Fire Co. (Schuylkill, PA) – Propane Tank and Garage Heater. Grant Award: $7500
  • Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Assoc. (Schuylkill, PA) – Special Needs Fishing Dock. Grant Award: $8000
  • Tremont Fire Co. No. 1 (Schuylkill, PA) – Radio Upgrade. Grant award: $9800
  • East Cameron Township Fire Co. (Northumberland, PA) – Fire Truck Replacement. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Elysburg Fire Dept. (Northumberland, PA) – Utility 170 Rehab. Grant Award: $5000
  • Ralpho Fire Co. No. 1 (Northumberland, PA) – Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Replacement. Grant Award: $5000
  • Black Forest Vol. Fire Co. (Lycoming, PA) – Lift for Rescue Trailer. Grant Award: $3165
  • James V. Brown Library (Lycoming, PA) – Books for Summer Reading Program. Grant Award: $6000
  • Mt. Zion Cemetery Co. (Lycoming, PA) – Mt. Zion Cemetery Restoration/Improvement. Grant Award: $9000
  • North Branch Land Trust (Luzerne/Wyoming, PA) – Howland Preserve Farmhouse Renovation Project. Grant Award: $7500
  • Children’s Service Center (Luzerne, PA) – Community Socialization and Development Campership Program. Grant Award: $5000
  • Dallas Area Fall Fair (Luzerne, PA) – Handicap Bathroom Facilities. Grant Award: $5000
  • Sweet Valley Vol. Fire Co. (Luzerne, PA) – Thermal Imaging Camera. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Bellgrove Fire Co. (Lebanon, PA) – QRS Unit Replacement. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Greenpoint Fire Co. (Lebanon, PA) – Emergency Back-up Generator. Grant Award: $7500
  • Lebanon Community Library (Lebanon, PA) – Books To Go Outreach Services. Grant Award: $7800
  • Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails, Inc. (Lebanon, PA) – Trail Resurfacing. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Ono Vol. Fire. Co. (Lebanon, PA) – Thermal Imager. Grant Award: $7500
  • Union Hose Co. of Annville, Inc. (Lebanon, PA) – Protective Fire Clothing. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Edward Hand Middle School (Lancaster, PA) – Evans Lady Maryland. Grant Award: $2000
  • Lancaster EMS Assoc. (Lancaster, PA) – Emergency and Public Safety Communications. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Lancaster Science Factory (Lancaster, PA) – Make It Yourself – STEM Pro Workshop Series. Grant Award: $4000
  • Lititz Run Watershed Alliance (Lancaster, PA) – Stream Monitoring Program/Watershed Day. Grant Award: $5000
  • Manheim Township Education Foundation (Lancaster, PA) – Inspiring 2030 Engineers with Early Hands-on STEM. Grant Award: $9000
  • Mastersonville Vol. Fire Co. (Lancaster, PA) – Medical Equipment Purchase. Grant Award: $830
  • Millersville University – Career and Life Studies (Lancaster, PA) – Career and Life Studies Scholarship Fund. Grant Award: $10,000
  • PA No-Till Alliance (Lancaster, PA) – 10th Anniversary Soil Health Field Day. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Wakefield Ambulance Assoc. (Lancaster, PA – Stryker XPS Systems. Grant Award: $5320
  • Benton Vol. Fire & Ambulance Co. (Columbia, Pa) – Equipment for New Pumper/Tanker. Grant Award: $7500
  • Buckhorn Vol. Community Fire Co. #1 (Columbia, PA) – Utility Terrain Vehicle. Grant Award: $7500
  • Greenwood Township Supervisors (Columbia, PA) – Backup Generator. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Locust Township Police Department (Columbia, PA) – Operation: Mutual Aid – Radios. Grant Award: $8000
  • Montour Township Fire Co. (Columbia, PA) – Replacement of Emergency Lights on Fire Truck. Grant Award: $2000
  • Camp Victory (Columbia, PA) – Public Accessible Boardwalk and Education Program. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Orange Township (Columbia, PA) – Kocher Park/Orange Township Recycling. Grant Award: $9080
  • Orangeville Public Library (Columbia, PA) – Literature for Preschool and Elementary Students. Grant Award: $513
  • The Children’s Museum (Columbia, PA) – Bringing Education Outdoors. Grant Award: $5000
  • Columbia County Traveling Library (Columbia, PA) – Improving Children’s Non-Fiction Library Collection. Grant Award: $8175
  • Kettle Creek Hose Co. No. 1 (Clinton and Potter (Fire Station), PA) – Rescue Off-road Vehicle. Grant Award: $5000
  • Clinton County Dept. of Emergency Services EMS Team (Clinton, PA) – EMS Team Equipment. Grant Award: $500
  • Hope Hose Company No. 2 (Clinton, PA) – Operations and Safety. Grant Award: $6000

Grant applications can be completed here.  Applications must be received by March 1 and September 1.

PROJECT UPDATE NEWSLETTER: Spring 2015


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Williams Files Application Seeking Federal Approval for Pipeline Expansion

Williams has filed a certificate application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking authorization to expand the existing Transco transmission pipeline to connect natural gas producing regions in northern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states by 2017. [read more]

Penn State Study: Atlantic Sunrise Project Expected to Generate $1.6 Billion Economic Impact

The design and construction of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project will generate approximately $1.6 billion in additional wages, revenues and investments to the regional and state economies of Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to a study authored by researchers at Pennsylvania State University. [read more]

Protecting the Pipe: Exceeding Industry Safety Standards

As the Atlantic Sunrise project is designed, constructed and operated, Williams is committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety, utilizing construction and operational procedures that exceed already stringent industry regulations. Once operational, the new pipeline will be maintained and operated according to procedures outlined in the company’s Pipeline Integrity Management Program. [read more]

Anatomy of an Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

The siting and construction of interstate natural gas pipelines is regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). An integral component to FERC’s review of a proposed project is the Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate Application). [read more]

Viewing the Application

A copy of Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise project application recently submitted to FERC is available on FERC’s website at www.ferc.gov (select the “Documents and Filing” tab, then “e-library” and then “General Search”). In addition, copies of the application are accessible for public inspection at the following public libraries. [read more]

Frequently Asked Questions: Atlantic Sunrise Project

Is the route now considered final?

The route filed with FERC in the 7(c) Certificate Application reflects the current preferred alignment incorporating data, comments and input received through Dec. 1, 2014. As additional data is gathered the preferred route may still be adjusted after filing the 7(c) application with FERC. Alternatives that have been and are being considered for the project were filed with FERC as part of the 7(c) application. [read more]


 

Williams Seeks FERC Approval for Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Expansion

Williams (NYSE: WMB) announced today that Transco has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking authorization for its Atlantic Sunrise expansion project, which would transport about 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.

Transco, the nation’s largest-volume and fastest-growing interstate natural gas pipeline system, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ), of which Williams owns approximately 60 percent, including the general-partner interest.

“Atlantic Sunrise is a vital piece of North American energy infrastructure needed to transport low-cost, abundant supplies of natural gas from the Marcellus producing region in Pennsylvania to hungry markets along the Atlantic Seaboard,” said Rory Miller, senior vice president of Williams Partners’ Atlantic-Gulf operating area. “Shippers have signed long-term commitments for the expansion’s entire capacity, which represents enough natural gas to serve approximately 7 million homes.”

Williams expects to place Atlantic Sunrise into service in the second half of 2017 as part of $4.8 billion in transmission projects planned to come online through 2017. Atlantic Sunrise adds to the list of Transco’s continued growth opportunities to connect increasing supplies of domestic natural gas with strong demand centers on the Eastern Seaboard from New York City to the far Southeast.

The project consists of compression and looping of the Transco Leidy line in Pennsylvania and various locations along its mainline between Pennsylvania and South Carolina in addition to a greenfield pipeline segment, referred to as the Central Penn Line, connecting the northeastern Marcellus producing region to the Transco mainline near Station 195 in southeastern Pennsylvania. The greenfield segment will be jointly owned by Transco and a third party.

Williams Partners’ net investment in the Atlantic Sunrise project is expected to be approximately $2.1 billion.

Transco 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 is a major provider of cost-effective natural gas services that reach U.S. markets in 12 Southeast and Atlantic Seaboard states, including major metropolitan areas in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

How Fracked Natural Gas Could Pump Millions into State Economies

Pennsylvanians are riding a wave of economic prosperity thanks to the state’s thriving natural gas industry, which supports more than 300,000 jobs and has contributed more than $34 billion to the state’s economy. Now, a major natural gas pipeline proposal appears primed to keep that economic momentum going strong.

Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project will connect abundant Marcellus natural gas supply with markets throughout the eastern and southeastern United States, easing the pipeline infrastructure bottlenecks which are plaguing PA.

Not only that, but according to a newly published study by researchers at the Pennsylvania State University, the project could pump approximately $1.6 billion into state and local economies and support as many as 8,000 jobs during the one-year construction period. On top of that, the ongoing operation of the pipeline would generate an impressive $1.9 million in annual economic impact, supporting 29 permanent jobs.

“Penn State’s report clearly shows how vital this project and others like it are for Pennsylvania’s economy,” says Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry President Gene Barr. “We need to take advantage of all of our natural resources, and the best way to do that is through more gas infrastructure.”

WILL_PipelineInfo_Economic Impact

Some key economic benefits those living in the region surrounding the Williams Atlantic Sunrise pipeline can expect:

  • $3 billion will need to be invested by Williams and a co-owner for design and construction
  • Direct expenditures will be centered in Pennsylvania, with some materials and labor sourced from other states
  • Construction is expected to result in an overall economic impact of $1.6 billion, engaging up to 8,270 workers in Pennsylvania and Virginia
  • After the multi-year construction phase is complete, the region will continue to reap the benefits of American-sourced natural gas as ongoing operations of the project are predicted to generate an annual economic impact of $1.96 million and support 29 direct and indirect jobs in two Pennsylvania counties (Columbia and Wyoming) where two new Greenfield compressor facilities are proposed
  • Significant federal, state and local taxes would also be generated during the approximate one-year construction phase, including an estimated $31 million in federal taxes and $18 million in state taxes across all county locations hosting construction activity for the project

Further demonstrating the impact of the Williams Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, it’s been found that consumers served by the Transco pipeline in the southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions could have saved $2.6 billion from 2012-2014 due to increased access to lower-priced Pennsylvania gas supply because of Atlantic Sunrise, according to a report by Penn State economist Andrew Kleit.

“Anyone who has experienced a spike in their heating bills understands the importance of this project. There is a critical need for additional pipeline capacity in the region so that northeastern consumers can realize the full benefit of lower-cost energy,” says Transco General Manager Frank Ferazzi.

The Atlantic Sunrise project is a proposed expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline, which currently transports about 10 percent of the nation’s natural gas. The Atlantic Sunrise project would add about 200 miles of new pipe to expand and extend the reach of the existing Transco pipeline to northeastern Pennsylvania, transporting about 1.7 billion cubic feet of clean, natural gas per day – enough to serve about 7 million homes.

It’s a new day on the Atlantic coast. To learn more about Atlantic Sunrise and how you can express your support for U.S. energy independence, click here.

 

Portions of this document may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined by federal law. Although the company believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially different. Any such statements are made in reliance on the “safe harbor” protections provided under the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. Additional information about issues that could lead to material changes in performance is contained in the company’s annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Natural Gas Pipeline Project Expected to Generate $1.6B Economic Impact, Supporting More Than 8,000 Jobs

The design and construction of the Williams Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project will generate approximately $1.6 billion in additional wages, revenues and investments to the regional and state economies of Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to a study authored by researchers at The Pennsylvania State University.

Economic Impacts of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project,” lead author Seth Blumsack Associate Professor of Energy Policy at Penn State, finds that the proposed project would have a major, positive economic impact on the Pennsylvania and Virginia economies where new pipeline facilities would be built and operated.

According to the researchers, the design and construction of the Williams Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project could support approximately 8,000 jobs and an associated $870 million in economic value added during the construction period. Additionally, the ongoing operation of the pipeline would generate approximately $1.9 million in annual economic impact, supporting 29 jobs.

The economic modeling exercise was funded by Williams and uses IMPLAN, a widely used commercial software designed to perform input-output economic analysis, to estimate impacts on workforce demands, economic output and value added to each of the counties where construction is expected to occur. IMPLAN is used by state governments across the nation for economic modeling and predicting.

In a related report titled “Estimating the Impact of the Atlantic Sunrise Project on Natural Gas Consumers,” lead author Andrew Kleit, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at Penn State, found that consumers served by the Transco pipeline in the southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions could have saved $2.6 billion from 2012-2014 due to increased access to lower-priced Pennsylvania gas supply because of Atlantic Sunrise.

“Penn State’s report clearly shows how vital this project and others like it are for Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry President Gene Barr. “We need to take advantage of all of our natural resources, and the best way to do that is through more gas infrastructure. The Atlantic Sunrise expansion to the Transco pipeline is projected to support thousands of jobs during construction and thousands more in the drilling and supply chain industries. All told, we are looking at the potential for more than a billion dollars of economic activity as a result of this project.”

WILL_PipelineInfo_Economic Impact

Key findings from the analysis include:

  • The design and construction of the project will require an investment of approximately $3 billion by Williams and the co-owner of the greenfield portion of the project.
  • The majority of the direct expenditures will be in Pennsylvania, with some materials and labor sourced from other states.
  • The multi-year construction phase of the project is expected to result in overall economic impact of $1.6 billion and could engage 8,270 workers in Pennsylvania and Virginia; the 10-county Pennsylvania region of the project is expected to recognize the majority of this impact.
  • The ongoing operations of the project are predicted to generate an annual economic impact of $1.96 million and support 29 direct and indirect jobs in two Pennsylvania counties (Columbia and Wyoming) where two new Greenfield compressor facilities are proposed.
  • Significant federal, state and local taxes would also be generated during the approximate one-year construction phase, including an estimated $31 million in federal taxes and $18 million in state taxes across all county locations hosting construction activity for the project.

“Construction and ongoing operations of the project look to be economically beneficial to the counties the pipeline would cross, as well as to Pennsylvania and the region,” said Associate Professor Seth Blumsack, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University.

The complete economic impact analysis is available at www.williams.com/atlanticsunrise. The site contains an economic impact tool that calculates economic impacts at each local level.

The Atlantic Sunrise project is a proposed expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline, which currently transports about 10 percent of the nation’s natural gas. The Atlantic Sunrise project would add about 200 miles of new pipe to expand and extend the reach of the existing Transco pipeline to northeastern Pennsylvania, transporting about 1.7 billion cubic feet of clean, natural gas per day – enough to serve approximately 7 million homes.

“Anyone who has experienced a spike in their heating bills understands the importance of this project. There is a critical need for additional pipeline capacity in the region so that northeastern consumers can realize the full benefit of lower-cost energy,” said Transco General Manager Frank Ferazzi.

About Williams

Williams (NYSE: WMB) is a premier provider of large-scale infrastructure to connect North American natural gas and natural gas products to growing demand for cleaner fuel and feedstocks. Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., Williams owns approximately 60 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ), including the general-partner interest. Williams Partners is an industry-leading, large-cap master limited partnership with operations across the natural gas value chain from gathering, processing and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids to petchem production of ethylene, propylene and other olefins. With major positions in top U.S. supply basins and also in Canada, Williams Partners owns and operates more than 33,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – providing natural gas for clean-power generation, home heating and industrial use. Williams Partners’ operations touch approximately 30 percent of U.S. natural gas. www.williams.com

Portions of this document may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined by federal law. Although the company believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially different. Any such statements are made in reliance on the “safe harbor” protections provided under the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. Additional information about issues that could lead to material changes in performance is contained in the company’s annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Reaping the Rewards of Fracked Natural Gas

Energy Independence. It’s no pipe dream. The U.S. recently surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas.

As a result, the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) says U.S. oil imports will drop 20% by 2025. As oil imports fall, the U.S. is not only finally realizing the long-elusive goal of energy independence, it is also re-establishing itself as a world leader.

“The production gushing from America’s shale oil and gas deposits…doesn’t just promise the long-elusive goal of energy independence,” says Arthur Herman, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. “It points to an energy dominance and economic power that the United States hasn’t seen for 100 years, since the heyday of John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil.”

The Marcellus natural gas basin in Pennsylvania is the second largest natural gas supply basin in the world. In 2014 the Marcellus produced about 16 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day, accounting for about 38 percent of total U.S. production. By 2020, that share is expected to grow to 64 percent.

This incredible pace of development has pumped tens of billions of dollars into the Keystone State’s economy, creating more than 245,000 new direct and indirect jobs and saving state and local governments $19 billion in 2012-2013.

Although soaring gas development has helped the price of natural gas fall to historic lows in some regions of the U.S., a lack of sufficient underground pipeline infrastructure has prevented many consumers from taking full advantage of the country’s cheap energy supply.

williams1Matt Henderson, of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, told NPR’s State Impact that more than $10 billion in pipeline projects have already been announced for Pennsylvania to connect the glut of natural gas production with markets who desperately want access to abundant, inexpensive supply.

“Production has outpaced anybody’s wildest expectations,” he says. “The operators were found in a position where, ‘We need to get this out.’ So there’s a sense of urgency.”

Frank Ferazzi is general manager of the Transco pipeline, the largest volume pipeline system in the country delivering about 10 percent of the nation’s natural gas. He says that there currently isn’t enough existing pipeline infrastructure to move the full volume of natural gas being produced in the Marcellus.

“There’s a lot of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania right now, but the state doesn’t have the necessary pipeline capacity to deliver all of that gas to market,” says Ferazzi. “The infrastructure in place is essentially the same network of interstate pipelines that was in place before the shale boom began.”

One proposal designed to address the need to add critical pipeline infrastructure is a proposed expansion of the Transco pipeline known as the Atlantic Sunrise expansion. It would include the construction of about 180 miles of new pipe in eastern Pennsylvania, directly connecting the existing Transco interstate pipeline with Marcellus production in the northern part of the state. Once complete, the project will connect natural gas consumers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states – as far south as Alabama – with economically-priced Marcellus natural gas.

“It is amazing to think that homes and businesses in Alabama could actually soon be able to consume molecules of natural gas originally produced in Pennsylvania,” says Ferazzi. “Not only does this project help provide direct access to long-term, reliable energy supply, but it has the potential to save consumers in those markets a lot of money.”

In January 2015 researchers at The Pennsylvania State University modeled the market economic impact of the Atlantic Sunrise project on natural gas flows and prices across the Transco pipeline system. Over the 30-month period the study estimated that consumers served by the Transco pipeline from Alabama to New Jersey would have enjoyed about $2.6 billion in total benefits because of the access to the Marcellus basin facilitated by the Atlantic Sunrise expansion.

The Atlantic Sunrise project is currently engaged in a federal regulatory review process. Its backers are aiming to place the $3 billion project into service by 2017.

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