Sunoco Pipeline L.P. recently has contacted landowners in East Nantmeal regarding two pipeline projects. One project involves rehabilitation of an existing pipeline and the other a feasibility study for a new pipeline approximating the existing right of way.
For decades Sunoco’s pipeline moved liquid petroleum products, such as heating oil, from their Marcus Hook refinery to the Pittsburgh area. That route utilizes pipelines that run along the western boundary of East Nantmeal in the vicinity of Millard Road. Sunoco currently has two pipes about three feet underground, one 8-inch diameter and one 6-inch diameter; the larger has been taken off-line for inspection and repair. Ultimately the company intends to reverse the flow from the Pittsburgh area to the newly converted refinery in Marcus Hook. And rather than move petroleum products, the pipeline will carry natural gas liquids. To implement this plan, the line has been cleared so it can be inspected and maintained. Remote inspection of the pipeline will indicate areas where the steel might be dented, thinned or in other ways needing repair. Sunoco can exercise the rights granted in their easement to enter onto an individual’s property to survey, inspect and if necessary excavate and repair the pipeline. Residents should expect to see Sunoco or its contractors doing this type of work in the western part of the township until the projected completion date in mid-2014.
The Mariner East Pipeline Project is a separate endeavor to move natural gas liquids from Ohio, across Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook facility. Sunoco is in the very early stages of Mariner and will be in East Nantmeal conducting a feasibility study. The Company intends to follow the current pipeline route through the township (along the western boundary) using the existing right of way. However, the old right of way may not prove sufficient, which means that the company may need to survey and test areas outside of their right of way. If Sunoco ventures outside the eased areas onto private property, they will need to inform and get permission from the landowner. At this time, no application has been made with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and no permits have been issued for this new pipeline. If the Mariner project is approved and the route determined, then Sunoco may have to also obtain additional right-of-way easements to construct the pipeline.
A FERC public scoping meeting to be held at the Wyndham Garden in Exton on Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 pm. The public will have the opportunity to provide comments on the alternative pipeline routes under consideration for the Columbia Gas East Side Expansion Project.
At 6:30pm on Oct. 16, Columbia representatives will be available to answer questions about the project.
This is a good opportunity for landowners, community organizations and township officials to hear about the alternative routes and to be heard.
The Department of Environmental Protection invites you to participate in an upcomingwebinar on the department’s recently published draft Policy on Public Participation in the Permit Review Process. This important draft policy establishes a framework for the public’s ability to review and provide comments on permits or authorizations under review by DEP.
The deadline to comment on the draft policy is July 22.
We look forward to your participation.
Alisa E. Harris | Special Deputy Secretary for External Affairs Department of Environmental Protection Rachel Carson State Office Building 400 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17101 Phone: 717.787.6490 | Fax: 717.705.4980 www.depweb.state.pa.us
At the request of East Nantmeal, North Coventry, South Coventry, Union, Warwick, and West Vincent Townships, Natural Land Trust, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust and Green Valleys Association have compiled a summary of the important natural, recreational, and historical resources in the Hopewell Big Woods. The report also provides information about the potential impacts of the proposed Commonwealth Pipeline or any other future utility rights-of-way that would pass through the landscape.
So where are we on the Commonwealth gas pipeline that first came to light last fall as a threat to our community? We have been hearing reports since December that the project was “temporarily deferred,” but Commonwealth’s website indicated that the project was still a go. That has changed. The website now reports that “The sponsors of Commonwealth Pipeline have suspended development of the project. We will be updating the website periodically to provide current information regarding the project’s status.” This is very good news, but, while now official, a “suspension” is obviously not the end.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently awarded the Village of East Nantmeal and surrounding farms – an area of about 1000 acres – a Determination of Eligibility for listing on the National Historic Register. This means that we are just one step away from almost 10% of our Township being included on the National Historic Register! And this also means that we may have another good reason to prevent gas pipelines from invading our precious open space and backyards.
The research needed to complete the final application will cost about $7000, money which the East Nantmeal History Society will have to raise. Because Historic Registry status could also help protect our land, the East Nantmeal Land Trust is assisting with fundraising.
Hopefully, everyone who lives here will recognize what this all means to our Township and to themselves, and support it any way they can. Every dollar counts, so every gift, no matter how small will make a difference!
Please use the enclosed envelope to send your tax-deductible donation to:
East Nantmeal Land Trust
P.O. Box 161
Glenmoore, PA 19343
ENLT is again sponsoring our Annual Yard Sale and all proceeds will help to pay for the Historic Village Registry application. If you have items to donate for sale, or can volunteer your time, please call or email Alison Mallamo [(610) 458-9162; firstname.lastname@example.org].
In a letter to Lancaster Farming, Christy Ann Strange documents the struggle she has had after the construction of gas pipeline across her farm. Her issues range from 6-inch landscaping nails causing injury to livestock, stripping of soil, damage to standing trees and littering a field with rock. East Nantmeal residents could learn from this to be very careful about any land lease agreements with pipeline agents. In particular you will need to incorporate protections for your property during construction and specific remediation of the area post construction.