After more than three years of review, the PennEast Pipeline has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC, a Wyomissing-based company, announced plans to build the $1 billion, 120-mile, two-state pipeline in August of 2014.
The 36-inch underground pipeline route begins in the Marcellus shale production area near Dallas in Luzerne County, runs through Northampton, Carbon and Bucks counties and connects with the existing underground Transcontinental Pipeline near Pennington, N.J. The route includes 24 municipalities in Pennsylvania and six in New Jersey.
Patricia Kornick, spokeswoman for PennEast, said the company worked with land owners and government officials in the 24 municipalities the pipeline is set to run through to come up with the finalized route, which was approved by FERC.
“We were able to achieve a significant amount of colocation with other utilities to minimize community impact,” she said.
“We appreciate the dedication, time and work of FERC staff and the commissioners to collect extensive public input and ensure the project met a clear public need while minimizing environmental impacts,” added Anthony Cox, chairman of the PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC board of managers. “In the coming days, we will work to finalize fair and positive compensation agreements with landowners.”
He said in the weeks ahead, survey crews will collect remaining field data in support of the company’s permit applications to ensure minimal environmental and community impact.
The PennEast Pipeline Co. updated its estimated in-service date to 2019, with construction beginning in 2018.