(Oklahoma City) -- A company seeking to build a new natural gas pipeline through parts of central Pennsylvania has changed the route through Lancaster County for a second time in the wake of public concerns.
Oklahoma-based Williams Partners will now re-route part of the pipeline in the northern part of the county to avoid portions of Mount Joy after borough officials there raised concerns about its impact on drinking water resources.
The route now shifts east into a large part of Rapho Township.
Last month, the company also responded to public criticism by revising the pipeline’s path in southern Lancaster County to avoid two nature preserves.
Williams spokesman Chris Stockton says about 25 percent of the proposed route through nine Pennsylvania counties has been already altered.
“This is a very fluid process," he says. "That line is going to change.”
The route would also take the pipeline through Northumberland, Schuylkill, Columbia and Lebanon counties.
If approved by federal regulators, the pipeline would move Marcellus Shale gas southward to markets along the East Coast.
It could be operational by 2017.
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