FERC has approved Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC’s request to install bat habitat exclusion measures along certain portions of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project.
According to FERC’s Alisa Lykens, the company is authorized to install bat habitat exclusion measures in upland facility locations along the Central Penn Line North and Central Penn Line South segments.
“Transco’s exclusion measures are limited to installing geotextile, jute, or plastic sheeting to cover rocky habitat, accessible by foot traffic and use of existing access roads, in accordance with the Pennsylvania Game Commission-approved Allegheny Woodrat and Eastern Small-footed Bat Habitat Mitigation Plan filed on May 18, 2016,” Lykens said. “The exclusion measures are intended to prevent the bats from returning to these areas when they leave hibernation and enables habitat disturbance to occur without risk of direct harm to individual bats. This approval is limited to installation through the allotted time window for protected bat species, which expires after March 31, 2017, and will be inspected by a Pennsylvania Qualified Bat Surveyor.”
The Atlantic Sunrise 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 five states (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina)
Once finished, the project will add 1.7 million dekatherms per day of pipeline capacity to Williams’ Transco system, and is expected to be operational in 2018.