Public meeting planned on Transco pipeline

NORTH BEND–A public meeting is planned by Williams, a company that operates the Transco pipeline, which transports natural gas from Pennsylvania production areas to consumers located throughout the northeastern and southeastern United States.

The firm is in the preliminary stages of developing an expansion of its existing Transco natural gas pipeline, allowing Pennsylvania gas producers to further connect robust supplies of natural gas in northern and western Pennsylvania with growing demand centers along the Atlantic Seaboard in time for the 2021-22 winter heating season.

The Leidy South project would include adding 2.46 miles of new pipe along the existing Transco pipeline corridor in Clinton County, in addition to facility additions in other counties, ultimately expanding the Transco pipeline’s Marcellus and Utica takeaway capacity by 580,000 dekatherms per day – enough natural gas to meet the daily needs of approximately 2.5 million homes.

The proposal is currently in the planning phase. Williams is seeking early input from citizens, government entities and other interested parties to identify and address potential siting issues.

The company is hosting an informal open house on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Chapman Township Volunteer Fire Company in North Bend to provide additional information about the proposal and the federal regulatory process.

Attendees will have an opportunity to review maps, ask questions to project team members and provide feedback. A representative from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be in attendance at the meeting.

Williams anticipates finalizing the project proposal and filing a formal application with the FERC in the summer of 2019.

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