Commonwealth Pipeline (Dormant)
Editor's note: This issue is currently dormant. We will continue monitoring the situation and may take up the issue in the future.
Posted April 2013 to the Commonwealth Pipeline's website (www.commonwealthpipeline.com):
"The sponsors of Commonwealth Pipeline have suspended development of the project. We will be updating the website periodically to provide current information regarding the project's status. Thank you for your continued interest and patience."
Project basics as originally proposed:
Inergy Midstream, L.P., UGI Energy Services, Inc. and Capitol Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc., are proposing construction of a new interstate natural gas pipeline they call the Commonwealth Pipeline.
The Commonwealth Pipeline project would span approximately 120 miles in order to lay a 30-inch pipeline. The pipeline project is proposed to begin in Lycoming County, PA and to cut through Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Berks and Chester Counties, also in Pennsylvania.
The Pipeline as proposed would transport an estimated 800,000 dekatherms per day of gas drilled and fracked from the Marcellus shale.
Warwick Township, West Vincent Township, and East Nantmeal worked with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network to oppose the project. Communiities passed resolutions of opposition, issued public statements, and were well organized in opposition. Organizing happened along the entire proposed route.
On February 2, 2013 the Delaware Riverkeeper Network urged DRBC to undertake review of the project and to mandate it secure a DRBC docket. This was another pipeline that DRBC, early on, failed to act upon. But in the end, our victory mooted the importance of their failure.