Governor Wolf created a task force to focus on pipeline development. The Task Force is made up of representatives from state agencies, the legislature, federal and local governments, the pipeline and natural gas industries and environmental groups, among others. The Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection serves as Chairman.
The Task Force will be informed by twelve workgroups:
- Conservation & Natural Resources
- County Government
- Emergency Preparedness
- Environmental Protection
- Local Government
- Natural Gas End Use
- Pipeline Safety and Integrity
- Public Participation
- Siting and Routing
- Workforce/Economic Development
In the next decade, Pennsylvania will undergo a substantial pipeline infrastructure build-out to transport gas and related byproducts from thousands of wells throughout the state. The unprecedented build-out creates an opportunity for the Commonwealth to engage stakeholders in a collaborative process to achieve a world-class pipeline infrastructure system. A stakeholder-driven effort, the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) will develop policies, guidelines and tools to assist in pipeline development (including planning, permitting and construction) as well as long-term operation and maintenance. This will be a transparent process, and will entail close coordination with federal agencies, state partners, local governments, industry representatives, landowners and environmental advocates.
Objectives and Responsibilities
The purpose and goals of the Task Force are to define a series of best practices and recommendations to:
- Plan, site and route pipelines in ways that avoid or reduce environmental and community impacts;
- Amplify and engage in meaningful public participation;
- Maximize opportunities for predictable and efficient permitting;
- Employ construction methods that reduce environmental and community impact; and
- Ensure pipeline safety and integrity during operation of the pipeline.
The Task Force will provide a final report detailing its findings to Governor Tom Wolf by February 2016.
Task Force Members
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