Feds approve plan to build gas pipeline for midstate power plant

Written by The Associated Press | May 2, 2016 5:24 AM

The proposed Sunbury Pipeline would begin in Lycoming County and end near Shamokin Dam in Snyder County. (Courtesy: FERC)

(Shamokin Dam) -- The federal government has signed off on a plan to build a 34-mile pipeline through five central Pennsylvania counties that will carry natural gas to a power plant being built along the Susquehanna River.  

Federal energy regulators have approved the Sunbury Pipeline Project. 

The pipeline would service the power plant being built in Shamokin Dam in Snyder County and will travel through Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland and Union counties.

UGI Energy Services Inc. spokesman Kenneth Robinson says they are pleased with the approval.

Construction should begin after state environmental regulators issue the necessary permits. 

The utility says they plan to complete the pipeline in November and have gas available early next year. 

The more than 1,100-megawatt power plant is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.

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