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BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Building natural gas pipelines come with extensive application, including filing with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Part of the state EPA’s process is to listen to home and business owners about their thoughts on the pipeline. Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler has our story.
“I urge DEP to simply follow its own rules.” Tom Shepstone of Honesdale came out Tuesday night to Bloomsburg Area High School to express his support for the 183 mile natural gas pipeline. The line is spanning from Susquehanna County to Lancaster County before tapping into an existing line that stretches to Georgia. “These pipelines are essential to infrastructure to deliver low price cheap, clean natural gas to urban consumers. And I think that’s tremendously important.” Shepstone told Eyewitness News.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is asking for input from property owners like Tom. Information gathered at meetings like this will help the agency decide whether the Atlantic Sunrise Project can pass through Northumberland, Columbia, Lebanon and Lancaster counties.
“We have an application that has been deemed administratively complete. Which means all the information that we need is in the application and now it’s under technical review.” Said Megan Lehman, DEP North-Central Regional Office. That technical review is digging down to the nitty gritty of both sides while protecting the environment.
“This pipeline is totally commercial – it’s designed to make money for a corporation. They should not have the power of eminent domain” said Casey Pegg of Sunbury. “Once placed in the ground – how will the economy sustain its alleged growth if surrounding states are banning such actions – and without the pipeline, companies can’t drill?
Kevin Lynn, of the Linde Company, part of the company who will be building the pipeline says it will come. “The fact that it’s not flowing now does not mean it won’t be flowing in the future and it will be. I don’t think it’s coming in the rush that a lot of people expected.”
That slow process has to do, in part, with all the applications Williams companies need to have approved. It’s unknown when DEP will make a decision.
A date has not yet been made on when the pipeline will start its construction near Hop Bottom, Susquehanna County.