The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has approved PennEast Pipeline Company’s request for Water Quality Certification, as required by section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act.
The Water Quality Certification approval comes about two months before the April 7 issuance of FERC’s final Environmental Impact Statement on the PennEast Pipeline Project.
“PennEast Pipeline Company is pleased to have received its 401 Water Quality Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,” said Pat Kornick, PennEast spokesperson. “Pennsylvania’s Water Quality Certification is a significant step in the regulatory review of the PennEast Pipeline Project, which continues to progress through a comprehensive, multi-agency review process led by FERC.”
The Federal Clean Water Act requires Water Quality Certifications as a prerequisite to receiving a federal license or permit for activities that involve waterways. The Water Quality Certification acknowledges that PennEast has effective measures in place to minimize impacts on streams and other waterways during the construction and long-term operation of the PennEast Pipeline.
“This is great news for all those who use natural gas, especially for the region’s energy-intensive chemical industry and the more than 80,000 Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents the industry employs,” said Jeff Logan, president of the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council. “Pipelines like PennEast that deliver low-cost natural gas are spurring billions in American chemical industry investment, thereby creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. PA DEP’s recent certification for PennEast is additional proof the PennEast Pipeline can be built safely, and in turn soon spur a chain reaction of economic growth for years to come.”