The Adelphia Gateway project will have minimal impact on the environment because of its reliance on existing infrastructure, brownfield locations and rights of way. There are no anticipated impacts to wetlands or farmland.
Site assessments began in June 2017 to complete environmental, cultural, biological and wetland surveys for all proposed work areas. These reports were submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as part of the project’s application. FERC published the Environmental Assessment of the project on Friday, January 4, citing that the project design poses no significant environmental impact and is the preferred path forward.
Adelphia Gateway Safety and Maintenance
Natural gas pipelines have a strong safety record, and pipelines are the safest and most efficient means of transporting natural gas and petroleum products, according to National Transportation Safety Board statistics. Adelphia Gateway will be regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and FERC.
The pipeline, previously owned by Interstate Energy Company LLC, was constructed in the 1970s and transported oil from Marcus Hook to Martins Creek. The northern 34-mile dual-product conversion was completed in 1996. The southern 50 miles of pipe that will be converted as part of the Adelphia Gateway project remained an oil-only pipeline.
The conversion of the southern section by Adelphia Gateway will follow guidelines set forth by PHMSA, and it will adhere to industry standards. The 18-inch pipeline was built from polycoated seamless steel and is buried at a minimum depth of 36 inches. It has been tested and will continue to be inspected to confirm its integrity.