PennEast is committed to avoiding and/or minimizing impacts on water resources such as streams and rivers. In fact, not only did the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission confirm in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Read more: PennEast statement on draft EIS) that PennEast Pipeline can be constructed with minimal impact to the environment, in many instances, PennEast Pipeline is constructed far below river beds and waterways to practically eliminate impacts to water altogether.
- Specialized and approved crossing methods and procedures will be used throughout construction.
- Once construction is complete, streambeds and banks will be restored to pre-construction condition as nearly as possible.
- Pennsylvania and New Jersey departments of Environmental Protection will approve and oversee all stream crossings.
- Operation and routine maintenance of the Pipeline and associated facilities will not affect fishery resources.
- PennEast proposes to cross waterbodies using a combination of trenchless (horizontal directional drilling and bores) and dry-crossing methods.
Learn more about the FERC classification of water bodies and how PennEast will work to protect these resources — including details on equipment and crossing methods — here.
For additional information about groundwater resources (including aquifers, wells and springs), surface water resources, water withdrawals, wetlands, mitigation and construction method evaluations, see Resource Report 2 from PennEast’s original FERC application, as well as FERC’s draft Environmental Impact Statement, on the “Official Filings” page.