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Pipeline Task Force: First official meeting

It is official, Pennsylvania’s brand new pipeline task force is holding its first meeting this Wednesday in Harrisburg.

The meeting will be held at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Southcentral Regional Office located at 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It will take place from 1pm to 4pm on Wednesday.  The meeting will also be available for live-streaming online for those unable to attend. The task force’s second meeting will be held on August 26th and is expected to have a report for the governor by early 2016.

The Department of Environmental Protection has supplied the public with a list of the task force’s objectives in an online presentation The force’s meeting will include the following objectives:

  • Plan, site and route pipelines in ways that avoid or reduce environmental and community impacts
  • Amplify and engage in meaningful public participation
  • Maximize opportunities for predictable and efficient permitting
  • Employ construction methods that reduce environmental and community impact
  • Ensure pipeline safety and integrity during operation of the pipeline

The task force was created by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf with the sole purpose of bringing planning and the best possible practices to the growing pipeline construction in the state.  The pipeline projects in Pennsylvania consist of about 4,600 new miles of interstate pipelines that will be constructed over the next three years.

As reported by State Impact Pennsylvania, “States have little regulatory authority in this arena, because interstate pipelines are regulated almost exclusively by the federal government. However the task force does include three representatives from the federal government, including one from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)– the agency charged with siting and approving new pipelines.”

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