20:19 | 21.04.2017
Atlantic Sunrise Intervenor Applauds Pipeline Developer’s Request to Shift Pipeline Route to Avoid the Environmental and Cultural Treasures of The Nesbitt Parcel

A spokesman for an intervenor in the planned construction of the
Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline applauded the pipeline
company’s new proposal to shift a small segment of the pipeline
route in a way that will significantly minimize environmental and
cultural impacts and avoid conflicts with landowners.

When approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the
latest proposed pipeline route would preserve a forested tract of land
known as “The Nesbitt Parcel,” which experts have stated has the
biodiversity equal to or exceeding any state park in Pennsylvania and
has numerous cultural resources that would qualify it for a World
Heritage Site. Williams’ decision is consistent with the Environmental
Protection Agency’s determination that the alternative route now known
as Alternative 13 (formerly Alternative 12 West) is the least
environmentally damaging practical alternative. The U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers also stated the proposed alternative appears to be the least
environmentally damaging option.

“This is an encouraging development,” Attorney Carolyn Elefant, the
spokesperson for intervenor Geraldine Nesbitt, said in response to the
latest request from the pipeline owners, The Williams Companies (NYSE:
WMB) and Williams Partners (NYSE: WPZ) through its Transco subsidiary.

Transco filed documents late Wednesday with FERC that included “a
variance request” to modify the “12E Nesbitt Alternative” in Luzerne and
Wyoming counties so as to completely avoid the environmental and
cultural treasures of “The Nesbitt Property.”

The “CPL North Alternative 13” request was accompanied by supplemental
information and environmental surveys – “all cultural and environmental
field surveys” necessary for FERC’s approval. Further, the Transco
filing acknowledged that “the modified route has several environmental
advantages” over its earlier proposals.

The modified route, which Transco labeled “CPL North Alternative
13,” has an additional advantage: “one hundred percent of the landowners
affected by (it) have granted to Transco the right to construct,
operate, and maintain the pipeline,” according to the Transco filing.

Ms. Elefant said, “Ms. Nesbitt has never been opposed to natural gas
pipelines. Instead she has been advocating for environmentally and
culturally appropriate siting of the Atlantic Sunrise Expansion
pipeline. Ms. Nesbitt is encouraged that the pipeline is requesting this
variance as it demonstrates the pipeline’s desire to do the right thing
and is being conscious of the impacts to significantly unique
environmental and cultural resources on her property. This is the best
route for the pipeline to protect environmental and cultural resources
as well for the rights of property owners.”

“We are hopeful that FERC will grant the variance without delay and that
the U.S. Corps of Engineers will promptly move forward on the necessary
permits for Alternative 13 so the project can be timely completed,” said
Ms. Elefant. “While this has been a highly controversial and contentious
project, the variance request filed by Williams demonstrates that the
gas industry and the public can collaboratively work together to
appropriately site pipelines. This is a win-win for everyone and again
we applaud Williams’ variance request as an environmentally and socially
conscious decision. Now it is up to FERC to be equally environmentally
and socially conscious to do the right thing”

The pipeline developer asked FERC for its approval of this request for a
variance by April 28, 2017.
About Geraldine Nesbitt
Geraldine Nesbitt is the owner of The Nesbitt Parcel in Dallas Township,
PA. Ms. Nesbitt seeks to protect and preserve extraordinarily unique
cultural resources on her property that are highly significant to
several Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, which experts believe also
qualify as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ms. Nesbitt is also seeking to
protect significant environmental habitats on her property that experts
state are comparable to, or exceed, with regard to biodiversity, any
state park in Pennsylvania.
About The Nesbitt Parcel
The Nesbitt Parcel has been owned and conserved by the Nesbitt family
for more than 120 years. Abram Nesbitt, a prominent businessman, and
philanthropist who funded the area’s first hospital in 1912 bought the
first section of the current ownership in the 1890s. Eventually, 40
other parcels were purchased and added together to form the current
Nesbitt Parcel. The Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) and Williams Partners
(NYSE: WPZ) are enlarging and expanding the capacity of interstate
pipelines through what is called the Atlantic Sunrise project. Williams
Partners seeks eminent domain powers to impact the land owned by Ms.

Note: The Nesbitt Parcel is private property and trespassers are subject
to prosecution.©Copyright 2017 by Geraldine Nesbitt. All rights

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