PennEast Announces Route Modifications to Reduce Environmental Impact

PennEast Pipeline Company on Friday filed seven route modifications located in New Jersey to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as part of its effort to comply with public input that addressed environmental concerns.

The route deviations for the PennEast pipeline were made to minimize potential impacts on wildlife and wetlands and minimize other potential environmental damage through way of co-location with existing electric transmission lines.

The company wrote in a statement Friday that the deviations adhere to stakeholder input and “do not materially affect the route since the changes occur either within the original survey corridor or do not impact any new landowners.”

FERC wrote in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) relating to the PennEast project that the pipeline’s construction “would be reduced to less-than-significant levels” and that no other pipeline could reach the same capacity needs that the PennEast is designed to meet.

The PennEast pipeline is a 118-mile natural gas pipeline that would run through Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has a capacity of 1 billion cubic feet per day. Its estimated completion date is November 2017.

PennEast Pipeline Company