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State permits pipeline to use Union Township gamelands

Written by Daniel Walmer, Lebanon Daily News | Jul 25, 2016 11:00 AM
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(Lebanon) -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission has licensed a right-of-way for building the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline through game lands in northern Lebanon County, including an Appalachian Trail crossing.

The proposed pipeline would carry natural gas from Marcellus Shale-rich northeastern Pennsylvania to the Transcontinental Pipeline that travels the east coast, bisecting Lebanon County from north to south in the process.

The agreement between Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. (Transco) and the commission, announced Tuesday, authorizes Sunoco to build 1,320 feet of pipeline on game lands with a new 50-foot-wide right-of-way. The right-of-way will be located along the southern edge of State Game Lands 211 in Union Township.

An additional 1.32 acres of game lands will be reclaimed by Transco during construction, according to a news release.

The pipeline will cross the Appalachian Trail in these state game lands. Transco, a subsidiary of Tulsa-based Williams, will use a conventional bore to avoid any surface impacts for at least 107 feet on either side of the trail, the release states.

Transco will complete an "extensive" reclamation plan including tree and shrub plantings in its temporary workspace and portions of the right-of-way, according to the news release.

In exchange for granting the right-of-way, the commission will receive about 240 acres of land previously owned by Transco in Monroe County and Lackawanna County in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The agreement was approved unanimously by the commission's board of commissioners, according to the news release.

Williams hopes to complete the Atlantic Sunrise project by late 2017, according to its website.


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