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Third gas pipeline in planning stages



Four companies in a joint venture plan an interstate natural gas pipeline to run from Luzerne County to New Jersey.

PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC announced its plans to build a 105-mile, 30-inch pipeline capable of shipping a billion cubic feet of gas per day from a point north of Wilkes-Barre through Carbon, Northampton and Bucks counties in Pennsylvania and Hunterdon and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

This line is the third brand-new route proposed to ship gas from Marcellus Shale wells in Northeastern Pennsylvania, putting it in the same category as Williams’ proposed Atlantic Sunrise and Constitution Pipeline projects. Other recent and proposed expansions tend to parallel existing pipelines.

PennEast is a joint venture among Atlanta-based AGL Resources; NJR Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources; South Jersey Industries and UGI Energy Services. On Monday, PennEast began its open season, a bidding process to search for natural gas shippers to commit to around a million cubic feet of gas per day for a minimum of 15 years.

In October, PennEast plans to start the earliest phase of its application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the lead agency in charge of interstate gas pipelines, company spokeswoman Patricia Kornick said. The company will hold a round of open house meetings at that point, she said. It plans to submit the formal application in 2015 and have the pipeline in service by 2017, pending FERC approval.

“This is very early in the process and we encourage the public to provide input,” Kornick said. She said the company will accept feedback at answers@penneastpipeline.com or 844-347-7119. A map of the route is available on penneastpipeline.com.

bgibbons@timesshamrock.com, @bgibbonsTT

First Published August 12, 2014 8:00 PM

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