Working With Agriculture
PennEast will implement specialized methods, approaches and procedures to minimize agricultural land impacts. PennEast will work with its contractors and landowners to address issues specific to each parcel.
PennEast’s plan includes:
- Minimizing impacts to agricultural land by stripping topsoil to a depth of a maximum 12 inches and segregating it from subsoil.
- Stabilizing topsoil piles using approved temporary control measures to prevent loss due to wind and water erosion.
- Identifying and locating existing drain tiles before construction as best as reasonably possible with landowner coordination.
- Providing at least four feet of cover in agricultural land.
- Promptly beginning cleanup operations following backfill operations.
- Testing topsoil and subsoil during restoration for compaction at regular intervals, and comparing them to similar soil types in undisturbed areas to approximate pre-construction conditions.
- Continuing restoration efforts until monitoring proves disturbed crop areas are producing yields in line with undisturbed crop areas.
See PennEast’s complete Agricultural Impact Minimization Plan here.
Penn State Extension Best Practices. Below are independent video links to Pennsylvania State University Extension’s best practices as it relates to pipeline construction across agricultural lands. PennEast will be meeting and exceeding all of the recommendations listed in the four part series.