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The Atlantic Sunrise is a natural gas pipeline proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco). The proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project is designed to supply natural gas by connecting producing regions in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states. The proposed project will consist of compression and looping of the Transco Leidy Line in Pennsylvania along with a greenfield pipeline segment, referred to as the Central Penn Line, connecting the northeastern Marcellus producing region to the Transco mainline near Station 195 in southeastern Pennsylvania. Additional existing Transco facilities are being added or modified to allow gas to flow bi-directionally. The proposed pipeline corridor will traverse 10 counties from northeastern Pennsylvania to the southern tier of Pennsylvania.

Below please find information concerning applications and approvals associated with the proposed project and the Central Penn Line. Additional materials will be added to the site as the Department continues with its review of the permit applications.

Related documents, such as additional correspondence between the DEP and the Applicant, may be in DEP files maintained at that regional office which is conducting the review of the applications. Note: the review of the Lancaster and Lebanon applications is being conducted by the North-Central Regional Office. Persons wishing to review the public file for the applications associated with the project should schedule a file review with the appropriate regional office (i.e., Northeast or North-Central).

Atlantic Sunrise Information Sheet

This information sheet provides a summary of the proposed project, current status and next steps in the permit review process.
Information sheet

Chapter 105, Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permits

During the week of May 1, 2017, DEP received updated application material from Transco in response to the technical deficiency letters that were sent on February 24, 2017.

The following responses to technical deficiency letters and revised permit applications are under review:

Chapter 102, Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit for Earth Disturbance Associated with Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Processing or Treatment Operations or Transmission Facilities (ESCGP-2), Notice of Intent (NOI)

During the week of May 1, 2017, DEP received updated application material from Transco in response to the technical deficiency letter that was sent on February 24, 2017.

The following response to the technical deficiency letter and revised NOI is under review:

Atlantic Sunrise Technical Deficiency Letters

On February 24, 2017, the Department sent to Transco technical deficiency letters for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project. These letters outlined technical deficiencies that were found during the technical review of the applications for Chapter 105, Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permits and Chapter 102, Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit for Earth Disturbance Associated with Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Processing or Treatment Operations or Transmission Facilities (ESCGP-2) Notice of Intent (NOI).

This technical review was conducted on the application material that was received during the week of November 21, 2016.

On April 20, 2017, Transco requested to extend the timeframe to respond to the Department's technical deficiencies. The Department provided the requested extension and provided a response date of June 23, 2017.

Public Hearings

DEP will hold four public hearings to take comments from the public on the Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment permit applications and Chapter 102 Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit for Earth Disturbance Associated with Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Processing or Treatment Operations or Transmission Facilities (ESCGP-2) Notice of Intent (NOI) currently under technical review for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project which is proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC.

Each hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. The dates and locations are as follows:

  • Monday, June 12, 2017 — Tunkhannock Middle School Auditorium, Tunkhannock Middle School, 200 Franklin Avenue, Tunkhannock PA 18657
  • Monday, June 12, 2017 — Max Smith Auditorium, Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 — Auditorium, Bloomsburg High School, 1200 Railroad Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017 — Lutz Hall, Lebanon Valley College, 101 North College Avenue, Annville, PA 17003

During the hearings, each speaker will have the opportunity to present up to three minutes of oral testimony. To ensure that all speakers have a fair and equal opportunity to present their testimony, relinquishing of time to other speakers will be prohibited, and groups are asked to designate one speaker. All presenters should bring at least one copy of their written comments and exhibits for submission to DEP.

Those who wish to present testimony during a scheduled hearing are asked to register in advance by contacting the appropriate regional office. Registration for the hearing will be taken through the business day prior to the hearing. Individuals will be called to testify in the order in which they registered. If time permits at the hearing, those who did not register in advance will be given the opportunity to testify.

To register please contact:

  • Megan Lehman, North-Central Regional Office, 570.327.3659, meglehman@pa.gov (Hearing Locations: Lancaster Farm and Home Center, Bloomsburg High School, Lebanon Valley College)
  • Colleen Connolly, Northeast Regional Office, 570.826.2035, coconolly@pa.gov (Hearing Location: Tunkhannock Middle School)

Additional Comment Period

PADEP will accept written comments on the Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment permit applications and Chapter 102 ESCGP2 NOI through Monday, June 26, 2017.

Comments on the applications can be emailed or sent via postal mail to the following addresses:

Counties: Lancaster, Lebanon, Northumberland and Columbia
Department of Environmental Protection
North-Central Regional Office
Waterways and Wetlands Program
208 W. 3rd Street, Suite 101
Williamsport, PA 17701
RA-EPWW-NCRO@PA.GOV

Counties: Schuylkill, Luzerne, Wyoming and Susquehanna
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Northeast Regional Office
Waterways and Wetlands Program
2 Public Square
Wilks-Barre, PA 18701
RA-EPWW-NERO@PA.GOV

STATE WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION

The Department received an application for a state water quality certification (WQC) on April 13, 2015. Following technical review and opportunity for public comment, the Department issued a WQC for the proposed project on April 5, 2016. The WQC is conditioned upon the applicant obtaining certain discharge permits, erosion and sediment control permits, and water obstruction and encroachment permits. Notice of issuance of the WQC was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on April 23, 2016.

Historic Public Participation Information and Application Material

On April 30, 2016, DEP published notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin of the Chapter 105, Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permits. DEP extended the comment period for an additional 60-days which was published on June 11, 2016 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The comment period concluded on August 1, 2016.

Historic Application Material

DEP has received two application material submissions from Transco and has sent two sets of technical deficiency letters to the company.

1st Submission Details

During the week of August 31, 2015 DEP received the Chapter 105, Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permits applications and Chapter 102, Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit for Earth Disturbance Associated with Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Processing or Treatment Operations or Transmission Facilities (ESCGP-2) Notices of Intent (NOI). On July 29, 2016, the Department sent to Transco technical deficiency letters. The company requested on September 26, 2016 to extend the timeframe to respond to the Department's technical deficiencies for an additional 60 days. The Department provided the requested extension and provided a response date of November 26, 2016.

The following are the July 29, 2016 technical deficiency letters:

2nd Submission Details

During the week of November 21, 2016, DEP received updated application material from Transco in response to the technical deficiency letters that were sent on July 29, 2016

The following are the responses to technical deficiency letters and revised permit applications received in November 2016:

Technical deficiency letters on this application submission were sent on February 24, 2017. These letters are provided previously on this webpage.