FERC has approved Williams’ request to reduce the protective buffer from 10-miles to 0.25-mile around a known bat hibernaculum along the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
According to FERC’s Alisa M. Lykens, based on surveys conducted in September and October 2017, there are no federally listed Indiana bats or northern long-eared bats present.
The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project includes the following:
- Approximately 183 miles of new greenfield pipe (Central Penn North & Central Penn South)
- Two pipeline loops totaling about 12 miles (Chapman Loop, Unity Loop)
Two and half miles of existing pipeline replacement
- Two new compressor facilities in Pennsylvania
- Other facility additions or modifications in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
Once finished, the project will add 1.7 million Dth/d of pipeline capacity to Williams’ Transco system, and is expected to be placed in service in 2018.