The Leidy South Project is natural gas pipeline proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco), a subsidiary of The Williams Companies, Inc. The proposed project includes three discontinuous loops totaling 12.2 miles of pipeline along Transco's existing Leidy Line, as well as upgrades to two existing compressor stations and the addition of two new compressor stations. The entire project will include construction or upgrades in six counties in northcentral and northeastern Pennsylvania.
Below is information on 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 the Department continues with its review of the permit applications. Persons wishing to review the entire file for this application should contact the Department'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 Historical 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).
Leidy South Project Overview Information Sheet
This information sheet (PDF) provides a summary of the project.
Public Participation Information
State Water Quality Certification
On August 23, 2019, DEP received an application for a state water quality certification.
The request for State Water Quality Certification was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on September 28, 2019. Public comments will be accepted by DEP until October 28, 2019.
Chapter 102 and 105 Permit Applications Received
On December 13, 2019, DEP considered the Chapter 105 and Chapter 102 permit applications complete and commenced its technical review. The following completeness review letters were sent to Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company, LLC.
On September 27, 2019, DEP received the following Chapter 105 and 102 permit applications.