FERC schedules hearings on PennEast pipeline

SORT OF A BAD NEWS, good news week from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission —  something for everyone in the PennEast Pipeline battle. Which news is which likely depends on what side of the battle you're on.

FERC has completed its draft environmental impact statement for the controversial pipeline, and it has changed from past practice by setting up six different hearings — there's usually only one.

The list of hearings is below.

The EIS, as it's called, notes FERC staff approval of the plan:

"The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed project, with the mitigation measures recommended in the EIS, would result in some adverse environmental impacts, but impacts would be reduced to less-than- significant levels with the implementation of PennEast’s proposed and FERC staff recommended mitigation measures."

Copies of the document are available at the FERC website — make sure you have the docket number: Docket No. CP15-558-000

FERC welcomes comments from the public in a variety of ways as well as at the hearings. Call or write: 202-502-8258 or efiling@ferc.gov.

Dates and times for FERC hearings
Monday, August 15: 6-10 p.m.Best Western Lehigh Valley & Conference Center 300 Gateway Drive Bethlehem, PA, 18017 Phone: 610-866-5800
Monday, August 15: 6-10 p.m.Penn's Peak 325 Maury Road Jim Thorpe, PA, 18229 Phone: 610-826-9000
Tuesday, August 16: 6-10 p.m.Holiday Inn Clinton-Bridgewater Hunterdon Ballroom 111 W. Main Street
Tuesday, August 16: 6-10 p.m.Peddler's Village Lahaska and Neshaminy Rooms Routes 202 & 263 Lahaska, PA 19831 Phone: 215-794-4000
Wednesday, August 17: 6-10 p.m.Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center 77 E Market Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 Phone: 570-823-6152
Wednesday, August 17: 6-10 p.m.Patriots Theater at War Memorial George Washington Ballroom 1 Memorial Drive Trenton, NJ

About Meg McGuire

Meg McGuire has been a journalist for 30 years in New York and Connecticut. She started in weekly newspapers and moved to full-time work in dailies 25 years ago. She knows about the tectonic changes in journalism firsthand, having been part of what was euphemistically called a "reduction in force" six years ago. Now she's working to find new ways to "do" the news as an independent online publisher of news about the Delaware River, its watershed and its people.

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