We re a pipeline company, said Mark Hamarich, ElPaso Corp. representative and project manager for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline.
Our business is to transport natural gas.
As natural gas production increases, supply-line space is at a premium, creating a need to expand capacity.
Currently, ElPaso Corp.
, through its Tennessee Gas subsidiary, maintains a 24-inch line and is working to improve and expand the pipeline infrastructure.
The 300-line project is aimed at the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and will increase capacity by installing seven looping segments totaling 127 miles of 30-inch pipeline.
The project includes installation of two additional compression stations and upgrades to existing compressor stations.
We re proposing to build loop lines adjacent to the existing line, Hamarich
According to Hamarich
, land-moving practices are carefully monitored to separate the top soil from the subsoil and to follow all Department of Environmental Protection erosion control and sedimentation guidelines and inspections.
Agricultural land, wetlands, water bodies and streams, cemeteries are all things we deal with, said Hamarich
, There s a lot of investigating that goes into this.
After construction, the land is re-seeded and restored.
Crop damages are paid according to the market value of the specific crop.
We ll work with the farmers to make sure the crop land is brought back, Hamarich
As long as the pipeline is in existence, the pipeline company will maintain the right of way to keep the area clear of trees that might damage the pipeline itself.
If a right of way cannot be negotiated, the pipeline company is authorized to employ eminent domain to secure the necessary land rights, although this is used as a last resort.
Once the pipeline is in place, the biggest challenge facing the pipeline companies is to prevent damages.
Do not dig near the pipeline, Hamarich