Prior Alternative 2 (originally filed as “Alternate 1 to Original Route with Elizabethtown Gas (ETG) spur” in draft Resource Report 10)
PennEast’s Prior Alternative 1 was reviewed to make an assessment of potential critical (environmental) issues, permitting requirements, and risks. A desktop analysis, utilizing multiple applications specific to both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, was performed in order to evaluate areas of potential impact. PennEast conducted an aerial reconnaissance of the study corridor on May 20, 2014 to identify potential critical issues and risks, including stream and river crossings. The overflight allowed for a clearer understanding of possible engineering and environmental constraints. Following the aerial reconnaissance, site visits were performed at publically accessible, potential road and stream crossings as well as other critical areas along the proposed alignment. Both the aerial and ground reconnaissance highlighted areas of potential concern and allowed for further investigation into solutions, such as reroutes. The findings of the aerial and ground reconnaissance were integrated and used to propose modifications that were incorporated into this alternative.
This alternative was preferable to Prior Alternative 1 because it would result in fewer impacts to various resources. Specifically, this route reduced the total acreage of State Game Lands (PA) within 200 feet of the centerline by 27 acres and also avoided 58 acres of wetlands within 200 feet of the centerline that would have been affected by the Original Route. This alternative also included a spur to serve Elizabethtown Gas, which required a second crossing of the Delaware River.