DALLAS TWP. — Township officials passed a resolution Monday formally opposing a planned natural gas pipeline, joining other Pennsylvania and New Jersey municipalities potentially affected by its construction.
Penn East Pipeline Co. LLC plans to construct a $1 billion, 108-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline from Dallas Twp. to Hopewell Twp., N.J., where it will connect with the Transco interstate pipeline to supply lower-cost Marcellus Shale gas to markets in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Dallas Twp. officials’ main concern is the environmental impact potential. Preliminary maps show the underground lines “bisecting significant environmental resources, including environmentally sensitive lands, preserved open space, preserved farmland, lands protected with conservation easements, woodlands and wetlands,” according to the resolution.
It states the pipeline would go through and cause irreparable damage to Dallas Twp. lands that are “environmentally sensitive” and preserved for open space
The resolution also notes Dallas Twp. already has three existing pipelines: Transco interstate pipeline and two gathering lines to bring gas from Marcellus Shale wells to it, one owned by Regency Partners and the other owned by the Williams Companies.
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