The map below shows the entire route of the proposed pipeline, from Susquehanna County to Lancaster County, identifying the right-of-way and the “potential impact radius” or hazard zone – the area that will be immediately impacted in the event of an explosion. It also includes the locations of the water withdraw sites, and the schools within three miles of the pipeline right-of-way (check box in map legend to activate).
In Depth View: Columbia County
The map below shows the path of the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline as it would be constructed through Columbia County- highlighting townships and indicating the hazard zone. It also includes the site of the Unityville Transo Rupture that occurred in June of 2015.
Map of proposed compressor station in Orange Township, Columbia County:
The Atlantic Sunrise Project: Connecting the Dots
The proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is part of a statewide pipeline buildout intended to transport gas extracted from the shale fields in PA to markets overseas. The overview map below shows the links between natural gas unconventional drilling in NEPA, proposed and existing transmission pipelines, and the planned Cove Point LNG export facility in MD.
FERC states, in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, that the “no-action” alternative would “eliminate the short and long term environmental impacts, but the objectives of Transco would not be met… there is no available capacity for existing pipeline systems to transport the required volumes of natural has to the range of delivery points…with the exception of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, none of these existing pipeline systems are in close proximity to the production areas of northern Pennsylvania.” page ES-14 to ES-15 (page 47 of 472) on Volume 1
The route of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline will disturb numerous areas of ecological importance, including many documented in the County Natural Heritage Inventory (CNHI). The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources conducted the inventory to be used as a planning, economic, and infrastructural development tool, intending to avoid the destruction of habitats and species of concern.
The proposed pipeline would disrupt core habitats, supporting landscapes, and provisional species-of-concern sites. According to the Natural Heritage Inventory report, core habitats “contain plant or animal species of state or federal concern, exemplary natural communities, or exceptional native diversity.” The inventory notes that the species in these habitats will be significantly impacted by disturbance activities. Supporting landscapes are defined as areas that “maintain vital ecological processes or habitat for sensitive natural features.” Finally, the provisional species of concern sites are regions where species have been identified outside of core habitat and are in the process of being evaluated. The Atlantic Sunrise intersects 16 core habitats, 12 supporting landscapes, and 6 provisional sites.
The following four maps show the CNHI landscapes affected by the current route of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.