The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given final approval to the multibillion dollar Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, which will connect Marcelllus Shale gas in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets along the eastern seaboard of the United States.
The project has been met with considerable public push-back, especially in Lancaster County. Hundreds of people have pledged to engage in civil disobedience in an effort to block the project. In this regard, a group of nuns allowed activists to build an outdoor chapel on the proposed pipeline route. ptj reported earlier on that issue.
Michael Dunn, Executive Vice President of Williams Partners, builders of the pipeline, said "our construction personnel are experienced, highly-qualified professionals who have undergone extensive training to ensure that this important project is installed safely and responsibly.”
The pipeline is part of a broader network of controversial new natural gas infrastructural projects under construction throughout the Northeast to connect natural gas production in the Appalachian Basin to new markets within the U.S. and abroad.