“It’s Another Atlantic Sunrise…” As NOT Sung to Tune of “Tequila Sunrise”
Williams Partners continues to sing the regulatory blues. It is pushing back full in-service operations of its Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline to mid-2018 as a result of a delay in the completion of a federal review. However, Williams adds it plans to begin a portion of the nearly $3 billion expansion project during the second half of 2017. Williams had earlier sought to have the 187-mile pipeline in full service in late 2017. The pipeline will move natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in the Northeast U.S. to Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern markets by alleviating infrastructure bottlenecks in Pennsylvania.
The project has drawn intense local opposition. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which earlier had planned to release the final environmental impact statement for the project this week, according to news media reports, has added potential air pollution to its environmental considerations. As a result, the environmental impact statement won’t be issued until December 30, and FERC says it will rule on the project March 30, 2017.
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