Atlantic Sunrise is at a critical moment and we need your voice! Sign the petition below in support of the Chapter 102 and 105 permit applications for Atlantic Sunrise and tell the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it’s time to build.
These permits are among the final approvals needed for this critical infrastructure project to move forward to put more than 8,000 people to work during construction and to help millions more Americans gain greater access to Pennsylvania energy.
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Patrick McDonnell, Secretary
Department of Environmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
RE: Atlantic Sunrise, 102 & 105 Permits
Dear Secretary McDonnell,
Creating an economic environment that encourages private investment and creates jobs — while balancing the health and safety of the public and the environment — should be a top priority of any government official. Undoubtedly, permitting and regulation play a key role in every infrastructure and economic development project; however, there must be a balance.
Pennsylvania has a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on the game-changing natural gas deposits within the Marcellus and Utica shale basins. Abundant and affordable natural gas serves as a resource to heat our homes, power our businesses and manufacture the products that we depend on in our everyday lives.
While the components are there for sustainable growth, the lack of energy infrastructure to move this low-cost commodity to markets threatens the long-term viability and growth of an industry that can drive economic prosperity and job growth for generations to come.
Pipelines are proven to be the safest and most efficient method to move natural gas to consumers, and they are tremendous economic drivers. For instance, Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise is a nearly $3 billion energy infrastructure project that is ready to put Pennsylvania energy and more than 8,000 people to work.
Federal and state regulations play an important role in protecting the health and safety of our communities, as well as the environment and wildlife. After receiving Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval in February, the company is on the verge of securing the final remaining state permits necessary to advance this multibillion-dollar investment in the state’s energy infrastructure.
The outstanding Chapter 102 and 105 permits, for which applications were first submitted in 2015, will be among the final approvals needed to move this project forward. Williams has been working with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) for more than two years, providing the data and information needed for the Chapter 102 and 105 permit applications to be processed in a timely and efficient manner.
Per the agency’s request, environmental and cultural resource surveys on 100 percent of the preferred route were completed prior to the application permit submittal, and the complete package containing both PA DEP technical responses and the revised permit application was submitted to the agency in May.
The Chapter 102 and 105 permit applications reflect the cooperation and collaboration Williams has demonstrated with PA DEP, as well as federal and state permitting agencies, to avoid or minimize impacts to wetlands, waterbodies and other sensitive environmental areas. Williams will implement its best-management practices during construction and restoration to mitigate potential impacts associated with installation of the project.
Dedicated, full-time environmental inspectors will be employed during construction to oversee and ensure that William’ best-management practices are implemented and that the project complies with applicable regulatory permit and approval conditions.
Williams has operated safely in the state for decades and currently touches more than 30 percent of the nation’s natural gas, transporting it to markets across the country. Specifically, Atlantic Sunrise has undergone an unprecedented amount of regulatory and public review. The time to build is now; the time to approve Atlantic Sunrise is now.
We urge the PA DEP to approve the Chapter 102 and 105 permits for the Atlantic Sunrise project without delay.