The Atlantic Sunrise Project (Williams/Transco) is proposed to bisect Lancaster County, and parts of 9 other counties in the Commonwealth, to carry hydraulically fracked natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region to the eastern seaboard, most of it for export.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently issued the necessary 401 Water Quality Certificate for this project to move forward, posted on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) site April 12. Lancaster Against Pipelines (LAP) is challenging this certificate in two ways.
First, LAP requested a petition of Review of an Agency Order on Thursday, May 4, with the Federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Second, LAP also filed a notice of appeal with the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board the same day.
LAP claims that the certificate violates the Clean Water Act.
Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution states that:
"The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all of the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."
LAP is a 501c3 federal non-profit organization representing hundreds of residents who are directly affected by this destructive proposal. The members of LAP are committed to keeping the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline out of Lancaster County as it represents a massive violation of our communities, natural environment, and rights under the PA Constitution.