Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Moves Ahead with FERC

Mariner East OpponentsKurt Knaus

Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance

FERC just issued an environmental assessment of the Adelphia Gateway Pipeline project indicating it would have “no significant impact” on the environment.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued its environmental assessment (EA) for the Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Project, which will use existing infrastructure to transport natural gas to the greater Philadelphia market.

adelphia gatewayThe fully converted 84-mile pipeline will transport enough natural gas to meet the needs of more than 250,000 mid-Atlantic households each year, according to NJR Pipeline Co.

The pipeline stretches from Northampton County to Marcus Hook in Delaware County, which conducted a risk assessment of both the Adelphia and Mariner East 2 pipelines. The assessment reported no great risk from the pipelines, finding that people are more likely to die from fatal traffic accidents, house fires or stair falls than from a pipeline accident.

That report confirmed what we have long known — that pipelines are the safest, most efficient means of transporting Pennsylvania’s energy resources. The FERC approval of Adelphia reinforces the strict regulatory controls that guide these projects and ensure they are built responsibly and operated safely.

Pipelines like this are transforming our economy. Creating new markets for the natural gas resources that we develop in Pennsylvania means our entire commonwealth shares the benefits through access to affordable, abundant, cleaner energy. This critically important infrastructure project will deliver significant returns to Pennsylvanians for years to come.

Editor’s Note: All most of us need from this report is the bottom line, which is as follows (emphasis added):

Based on the analysis contained within this EA, we have determined that if Adelphia constructs and operates the proposed facilities in accordance with its application and supplements and our recommended mitigation measures, approval of this proposal would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.

That doesn’t mean, of course, all the usual suspects won’t be out with the usual falsehoods and hysterics but, for now, common sense has prevailed, allowing a former oil pipeline to be converted to gas and lending a hand in eventually making Southeast Pennsylvania the next Houston with economic revival for all.

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