Published Jul 21, 2016
According to a State of Pennsylvania press release dated July 19, 2016, an agreement was reached with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Company (TRANSCO) that will allow a pipeline to be drilled beneath the Appalachian Trail, in return for hundreds of acres of land adjacent to game lands.
"The pipeline crosses the Appalachian Trail (AT) on state game lands, and TRANSCO will be installing that crossing via a conventional bore, thereby avoiding any surface impacts for a minimum of 107 feet on either side of the AT," states the exchange agreement, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Game Commissioners.
State Game Lands 168 will pick up about 117 acres adjacent to the game lands in Eldred Township, Monroe County, and State Game Lands 300 will grow by about 120 acres in Jefferson Township, Lackawanna County.
The acreage is being acquired in exchange for a license for right-of-way that will allow TRANSCO to construct, operate, maintain and remove a 42-inch natural-gas pipeline across a portion of State Game Lands 211 in Union Township, Lebanon County.
Authorities also said, "The license will authorize 1,320 linear feet of 42-inch natural gas pipeline within a new 50-foot wide right-of-way, occupying 1.52 acres of State Game Lands 211, immediately adjacent to the southern boundary. TRANSCO will use and reclaim an additional 1.32 acres of game lands outside of this right-of-way during construction and reclamation."
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