The Conemaugh River Crossing Project is a pipeline replacement project that includes a Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) under the Conemaugh River located in Indiana and Westmoreland Counties.
Below is information on the Department of Environmental Protections (DEP's) review and approval of the permit applications and other useful project information. The material is presented here to enable the public to readily review the application material, any noted technical deficiencies and the company's responses to the technical deficiencies. Additional materials will be added to the site as DEP continues with its review of the permit applications. Persons wishing to schedule a file review for this project should contact DEP’s Regional Permit Coordination Office File Review Coordinator at 717-772-5987 to schedule a file review.
For those unfamiliar with DEP’s regulatory jurisdiction, DEP has the authority to review and make decisions on permit applications pursuant to environmental regulations such as:
Erosion and Sediment Control which regulates erosion and sedimentation resulting from earthmoving activities. A pipeline project that exceeds five acres of total earth disturbance must obtain an Erosion Control Permit with plans and practices to control stormwater runoff both during and following earthmoving activities;
Dam Safety and Waterway Management which regulates water obstructions and encroachments focused on activities located in, along, or across wetlands, lakes, streams and floodways;
For some pipeline projects, DEP also processes a State Water Quality Certification. Pursuant to Section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act, DEP will ensure that activities associated with proposed interstate natural gas transmission pipeline projects regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) comply with state water quality standards. This certification is often authorized conditionally and serves as an index for all DEP water-related permits/approvals that may be required for a pipeline project to demonstrate compliance with state water quality standards.
The reviews of these permit applications are often coordinated with other DEP Programs including, but not limited to, Clean Water (NPDES Permitting for Discharges from Hydrostatic Testing), Air Quality (Air Quality Permitting), Solid Waste Management, Oil and Gas Management, and Bureau of Mining Programs. DEP may also coordinate the review of these permits with other agencies such as County Conservation Districts, the PA Fish and Boat Commission, the PA Game Commission, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the PA Department of Agriculture, the PA Historic and Museum Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the River Basin Commissions. Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list of agencies and the type of activity associated with the project will dictate the agencies that will be involved.
DEP’s authority is limited regarding pipeline projects. For instance, DEP’s authority does not cover determination of the overall pipeline route, pipeline safety, or property rights such as eminent domain. Those issues may fall under the jurisdiction of other agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) or the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).
Conemaugh River Crossing Project Overview Information Sheet
information sheet (PDF) provides a summary of the project.
Public Participation Information
State Water Quality Certification
On August 29, 2020, the request for State Water Quality Certification was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Public comments will be accepted by DEP for 30-days after that publication date.
On August 3, 2020, DEP considered the state water quality certification application complete and commenced its technical review. The following completeness review letter was sent to the Applicant.
On July 25, 2020, DEP received the following responses to the state water quality certification incompleteness review letter.
On July 10, 2020, DEP sent the following incompleteness review letters to the Applicant for its state water quality certification.
On June 11, 2020, DEP received a request for a state water quality certification.
Chapter 102 And 105 Permit Applications
On August 3, 2020, DEP considered the Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 permit applications complete and commenced its technical review. The following completeness review letters were sent to the Applicant. On August 29, 2020, these applications were published as complete in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
On July 25, 2020, DEP received the following responses to the Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 incompleteness review letters.
On July 10, 2020, DEP sent the following incompleteness review letters to the Applicant for its Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 permit applications for Westmoreland and Indiana Counties. DEP cannot commence technical review until the applications are complete.
On June 11, 2020, DEP received the following Chapter 102 and 105 permit applications.