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Williams files formal application for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline

Williams Partners LP of Oklahoma has filed a formal application with federal regulators to construct the Atlantic Sunrise interstate natural-gas pipeline, a portion of which will run through the midstate.

The application was made this week to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The proposal calls for a natural-gas pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania to connect with the Transcontinental Pipeline.


The proposed line would go through Lancaster and Lebanon counties.


It is one of several pipeline projects in Pennsylvania, where shale gas reserves are plentiful. If approved, the pipeline would cross 10 counties: Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Clinton and Lycoming.


In its application, Williams asks the FERC to approve the project by April 2016, so it can meet its in-service target of July 2017. A FERC spokesman has said the approval process generally takes a year to 18 months.


The project, made up of the Central Penn South and Central Penn North sections, would stretch from Susquehanna County through Lebanon County to connect to the main Transco Line in Lancaster County.

The Transco Line runs from the New York metro area to the Gulf of Mexico. It transports natural gas south to north; as part of the Atlantic Sunrise project, gas will also flow south, allowing Marcellus Shale natural gas to be transported to markets along the Eastern Seaboard.

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