Aug. 09–Although recent flooding delayed work on the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, the $3 billion project is nearing completion.
Meanwhile, the company has addressed concerns from Schuylkill County landowners worried about runoff from its construction sites.
“We’ve been responding to various calls from landowners in Schuylkill and along the entire project construction work area to address localized issues that may have resulted from the flooding. We are performing inspections and documenting areas where repairs are needed, then following up with our contractors to make corrections and perform necessary cleanup as quickly as possible,” Christopher L. Stockton, a Williams spokesman, said Tuesday.
A few property owners contacted by The Republican-Herald did not want to comment publicly.
The 183-mile project is an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline that will connect the Marcellus gas supplies with markets in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern U.S. A portion of the pipeline runs through Schuylkill County.
“The flooding did result in a short work stoppage, but our crews are working hard to make up that lost time,” Stockton said. “We are currently wrapping up hydrostatic testing (on) the finished pipe as the last step to get it ready for service. We are also progressing with final cleanup and right-of-way restoration work. Even after the pipeline is placed into service, we will be maintaining our erosion controls until we meet our restorations requirements over the next year.”
The excessive rainfall and flooding resulted in unsafe and heavily saturated right-of-way conditions, so crews had to stand down until it was safe to resume work, he said.
“Once the floodwaters receded we had to perform post-flood inspections of our work areas and previously restored rights-of-way to identify any damage which might have occurred which would require repairs. We also had to inspect and perform repairs on most of our soil erosion control devices to address any sediment issues. This is a continuous effort in tandem with completing construction and restoration activities,” Stockton said.
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