Columbia Gas Pipeline Project

NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas, is proposing to install an approximate 8.7 mile pipeline between Upper Uwchlan Township and West Bradford Township.  About 0.7 miles of the pipeline is proposed to be installed in West Bradford, between the Columbia Gas Station on Poorhouse Road and the Township boundary to Caln Township.  Please refer to the project map and community map to view the approximate location of the proposed pipeline.

Fourteen properties in West Bradford Township are directly affected by this new pipeline.  Owners of these properties should have received an official project notification and survey information in late 2012.  If you believe that you should have received this information and did not, please contact West Bradford Township at (610) 269-4174.

Much time is required to review, permit, design and construct the pipeline.  NiSource is projecting the new line will be in service in the fall of 2015.  Residents with questions about the pipeline or the project status are welcomed to contact West Bradford Township at (610) 269-4174.

Please visit the Chester County Pipeline Information Center Website to view a wide range of information on proposed pipeline projects and operators, regulatory agencies, the regulatory process, pipeline aps, and other pipeline resources.  The interactive pipeline map allows anyone in the county to enter their address and determine their proximity to existing pipelines.

Gas Pipeline Project Updates
 

Update May 29, 2015 – Construction Underway.  Pipeline installation is now underway.  The Township Engineer is among several officials reviewing this work to ensure all improvements are properly and safely installed.  Persons with questions, concerns or comments regarding the work being completed in West Bradford Township may contact Tommy Ryan, Township Manager, at (610) 269-4174 or by email at tryan@westbradford.org.

Update September 3, 2014 - Environmental Assessment Report.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has published an Environmental Assessment for the pipeline project (link below).  Any person wishing to comment on the EA  may do so. Comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific the comments, the more useful they will be.

To ensure that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the opportunity to consider your comments prior to making its decision on this project, deadline to receive comments in Washington, DC is on or before September 29, 2014.  Page 2 of the cover letter gives directions for responding to the FERC.

East Side Expansion Project Environmental Assessment

Update June 23, 2014 - Schedule for Environmental Review Announced.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has announced that it will publish an Environmental Assessment for the pipeline project on or about August 29, 2014.  The project proposes the installation of a 26”-diameter pipeline between Upper Uwchlan Township and West Bradford Township. The project is expected to break ground in late 2014 or 2015.  Residents may enroll to receive updates on the status of the Environmental Assessment, and other project happenings here.

Update November 25, 2013 - Pipeline Permit Application Filed.  On November 1 the Columbia Pipeline Group (Columbia Gas) filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to obtain the required permits to begin construction of an 8.7 mile pipeline between Upper Uwchlan Township and West Bradford Township. FERC authorization is projected to be received in June 2014, and construction is anticipated to begin next fall.  Additional project information may be viewed here.

Update October 7, 2013 - Public Meeting to be held October 16.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will conduct a Public Scoping meeting to discuss alternative pipeline routes as part of its pre-filing environmental review.  The meeting will be held at the Wyndham Garden Exton Valley Forge Hotel, 825 North Pottstown Pike, Exton, at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16.  Please note that the alternative routes to be discussed are located outside of West Bradford Township.  Click here for more information on the alternative routes and the pipeline project.

Update July 18, 2013 - New pipeline maps now available for review.  Please click here to review a plan of the proposed pipeline.  Note this plan shows the additional permanent right-of-way and temporary construction easements proposed to be acquired.

Update June 10, 2013 - FERC requests “scoping” comments in advance of Environmental Assessment.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is now accepting public comments on the proposed pipeline project.  FERC will consider all comments received when determining the scope and focus of an environmental assessment to be conducted.  The deadline to submit comments is July 8, 2013.  Please click here for more information.