A proposed 178-mile pipeline in northeastern Pennsylvania that aims to connect Marcellus Shale production to the Mid-Atlantic and southeast is advancing.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it is preparing an environmental impact statement for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise expansion project.
The pipeline, proposed by Tulsa-based midstream company Williams, will connect to the company’s Transcontinental Gas Pipeline (Transco), a 10,200-mile, 10.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) natural gas system that spans South Texas to New York City.
The 1.7 Bcf/d Atlantic Sunrise project will include construction in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.
FERC will use the environmental impact statement in its decision-making process to determine whether Atlantic Sunrise is a public necessity, the agency said in documents filed July 18.
“We’re in the pre-filing phase of the project, so it’s still relatively early,” said Chris Stockton, a spokesman for Williams, adding that the company hopes to file an application with FERC next year.