The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) tonight hosted a virtual public hearing on two permit applications for construction of Phase 1 of the PennEast Pipeline project in northeastern Pennsylvania, where the company plans to deliver natural gas by November 2021.
In February, the developer announced that it would build the 118-mile project in two phases between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Phase 1 is entirely in Pennsylvania, comprising a 68-mile stretch of 36-inch diameter pipe in Carbon, Luzerne, Monroe and Northampton counties.
Phase 2 consists of the remainder of the project in New Jersey, where permits are still pending. That phase is targeted for completion in 2023.
DEP’s regulatory authority involves only construction activities related to Chapter 102 permits for erosion and sediment control and Chapter 105 permits for water obstruction and encroachment. The developer already has received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval.
Natural gas is clearly the leader for the state’s energy consumption, outpacing coal and nuclear by 57 percent and 42 percent, respectively, but constraints remain. Production and utilization of this resource is negated if it cannot be transported to market. Investments in energy infrastructure are essential.
If you are writing about this project, please consider the following statement issued by the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance. You can quote me, Kurt Knaus, as spokesman:
“Affordable natural gas is not getting to markets that need it because of pipeline capacity constraints. Building this state-of-the-art project in two phases allows PennEast to meet the clear public need in the short term for Pennsylvania businesses and consumers, and then ultimately for other states that rely on the clean-burning energy we produce. This project, which represents an investment of nearly $1 billion, has been in the works for nearly seven years, proving how high the bar is set for development and regulatory approvals. Not only are pipelines the safest mode of transport for energy resources, but they also help to fuel economic growth and job creation.”
For more than five years, the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance has advocated for the safe, responsible development of critical infrastructure. For more information: