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The PennEast pipeline is a natural gas pipeline proposed by the PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC. The PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC., is a limited liability corporation formed by AGL Resources, NJR Pipeline Company, PSEG Power; SJI Midstream, Spectra Energy Partners and UGI Energy Services. ("PennEast").  The proposed line is to be a 118-mile project of primarily 36-inch pipeline. The pipeline will traverse 4 counties in the eastern Pennsylvania.

Below is information related to DEP's review of the permit applications as well as the approved 401 Water Quality Certification. 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 and emails between DEP and the Applicant, may be in DEP files maintained at the regional office in which a given portion of the project is located. Persons wishing to review the entire file for this application should schedule a file review with the appropriate regional office (i.e., Northeast or Southeast).


This information sheet provides a summary of the project and current status. 


The Department received an application for a state water quality certification on February 9, 2016. The request for State 401 Water Quality Certification was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on May 14, 2016, was determined complete on June 29, 2016 and published again in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on August 27, 2016. Submitted public comments were evaluated by the Department prior to the request being approved. On February 7, 2017, DEP issued a conditional State 401 Water Quality Certification to PennEast. The conditional State 401 Water Quality Certification was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on February 25, 2017. 


DEP has sent a series of three incompleteness review letters to the Applicant for its Chapter 105 and Chapter 102 permits. Each of the letters has indicated the applications are not yet considered to be complete by DEP. DEP cannot commence technical review until the applications are complete. 

The first series of incompleteness letters were sent on April 26, 2016.

After the Applicant responded, DEP sent a second series of incompleteness letters on September 19, 2016.

On December 23, 2016, DEP sent a third incompleteness letter to the company following its review of the Applicant's November 18, 2016 response to the DEP September 19, 2016 incompleteness letters.

The applications have not yet been deemed complete and the Department has not yet begun its technical review.

On June 26, 2017, DEP received a request for an extension from PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC. PennEast requested additional response time to the December 23, 2016 incompleteness review letters. On August 10, 2017, DEP granted the requested extension.