The proposed pipeline by Shell Pipeline Company Falcon Ethane Pipeline would begin at the MarkWest Houston Processing and Fractionation Facility in Washington County and travel through Washington, Allegheny and Beaver Counties before ending at the Shell Chemical Appalachia Petrochemical Complex in Potter Township, Beaver County.
A separate segment of the pipeline would connect a MarkWest facility in Cadiz, Ohio and the Utica East Ohio plant in Scio, Ohio to the petrochemical complex in Beaver County. In total, approximately 45.5 miles of pipeline would be located in Pennsylvania and the pipeline will cross portions of southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and the West Virginia panhandle.
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, noted technical deficiencies and the company's responses to the technical deficiencies. The other material on this web page represents other documents associated with this project that the Department has received. Additional materials will be added to the site as the Department continues with its review of the permit applications.
Additional documents, such as additional correspondence and emails between the DEP and the Applicant, may be in DEP files maintained at the corresponding DEP office. Persons wishing to review the entire file for this application should contact the Southwest Regional Office to schedule a file review.
SHELL PIPELINE COMPANY ETHANE PIPELINE PROJECT OVERVIEW INFORMATION SHEET
This information sheet (PDF) provides a summary of the project and current status.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INFORMATION
DEP is aware of the significant public interest regarding additional public participation opportunities for this project. DEP chose to extend the comment period on the Chapter 105 applications and opened a comment period for the Chapter 102 application. Comment periods for the Chapter 105, Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit Applications and Chapter 102, Erosion and Sediment Control Permit Application for Earth Disturbance Activities were open through April 17, 2018.
DEP elected to hold a public hearing in each of the counties on the pipeline route before the end of the comment period: Allegheny, Beaver, and Washington.
PERMIT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
AUTHORIZATION TO DISCHARGE UNDER THE NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (NPDES) GENERAL PERMIT FOR DISCHARGES FROM HYDROSTATIC TEXTING OF TANKS AND PIPELINES (PAG-10)
JOINT PERMIT APPLICATIONS FOR PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER 105 WATER OBSTRUCTION AND ENCROACHMENT PERMIT AND U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SECTION 404 PERMIT
On August 1, 2018, Shell Pipeline Company responded to DEP's technical deficiency letter for the proposed Falcon Ethane Pipeline Chapter 105 applications.
On June 1, 2018, DEP sent Shell Pipeline Company technical deficiency letters for the proposed Falcon Ethane Pipeline Chapter 105 applications. These letters outlined technical deficiencies DEP identified during the technical review of the Chapter 105, Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit applications.
On January 20, 2018, DEP provided notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin that the Joint Permit Applications for the Pennsylvania Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permit were under technical review for Shell Pipeline Company's proposed Falcon Ethane Pipeline.
NOTICE OF INTENT (NOI) FOR 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)
On August 1, 2018, Shell Pipeline Company responded to DEP's technical deficiency letter for the proposed Falcon Ethane Pipeline Chapter 102 application.
On February 28, 2018, DEP sent Shell Pipeline Company a technical deficiency letter for the proposed Falcon Ethane Pipeline Chapter 102 application. This letter outlined technical deficiencies DEP identified during the technical review of the Chapter 102, Erosion and Sediment Control Permit application. The applicant requested and DEP granted an extension for Shell to submit its responses to the Chapter 102 technical deficiency letter until August 1, 2018 to coincide with its submittal of the Chapter 105 responses to deficiencies.
On February 17, 2018, DEP provided notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin that the 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) was under technical review for Shell Pipeline Company's proposed Falcon Ethane Pipeline. The applicant submitted a NOI for coverage under an ESCGP-2, however, DEP has determined it appropriate to process the application as an Individual Chapter 102 permit.