Federal agency holds public meetings on proposed 200-mile natural gas pipeline

Matt Richmond
August 4, 2014

As part of a $3 billion expansion, Oklahoma-based pipeline company, Williams, is proposing nearly 200 miles of new pipeline through ten counties in northern and central Pennsylvania.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) oversees pipelines, and it’s hosting the meetings to get public input on the project.

FERC spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen says the agency is looking for comments on environmental impacts.

“The more specific the information you have, the more it helps our staff," says Young-Allen. "We’re looking for environmental issues that would be addressed-- waterways, wetlands, farmland, or ag resources that could be impacted by this proposal.”

All the hearings will be from 7 to 10pm. The first will be Monday in Lancaster County at Millersville University. Tuesday’s is in Lebanon County at Lebanon Valley College. Wednesday’s is at Bloomsburg University in Columbia County. The final hearing is Thursday at Lake Lehman High School in Luzerne County.