Why No-one Needs the Central Penn South Pipeline Through Pennsylvania

The map below is an illustration from a Williams Partners presentation about why they need the Central Penn South line through PA. It shows what they call the Zone 6 constrained area, or the so-called bottleneck they wish to address.

Their plan for Central Penn South is to connect Stations 517 and 195, running a greenfield 42” pipeline 177 miles through PA. Greenfield is a pleasant way of saying they would be gaining a right-of-way and laying pipeline where none have formerly existed. With an estimated 125’ construction easement, and a 50’ permanent right-of-way, plus temporary and permanent access roads, this would ravage 2,700 acres of land in Pennsylvania.

This map illustrates a much more sensible and economical solution that would truly minimize negative impacts while providing Williams with the transportation capacity they seek. The Transco Interstate pipelines are already connected, but capacity shrinks from three lines out of Station

515 to only one line from Station 505 to 210, then back up to three lines to 205. From all appearances, the best solution would be to add capacity between 505 and 210. This could be accomplished with existing easements, and pipeline laid next to existing pipeline. In essence Williams would be adding lanes to an existing highway instead of building a new highway. Environmental impacts to 177 miles of PA would be avoided entirely.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the entity that can either approve the Central Penn South line or deny it. Please submit this argument against the Williams plan online or to: FERC, Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.

Also contact your County, Township and State officials and let them know that you have done so. Ask them to join you in opposing the Central Penn South pipeline for practical and sensible reasons.