A series of five public hearings will be held this month regarding a natural gas pipeline project that would affect Cambria County.

The state Department of Environmental Protection issued a release saying citizens are invited to speak at the public meetings regarding permit applications for the Pennsylvania Pipeline Project, also referred to as Mariner East II. 

The project would expand the existing Sunoco Mariner East pipeline system with two, new larger pipelines to transport up to 700,000 barrels of natural gas per day.

The new pipelines would extend more than 300 miles from Washington County to Delaware County, which will affect the DEP’s southwest region of Cambria, Indiana, Westmoreland, Allegheny and Washington counties. 

Transporting propane, butane and ethane through the new pipelines would provide fuel for power, heating and cooking for residents who have limited access to natural gas. DEP officials anticipate numerous job openings associated with construction and upkeep on the project. 

As part of the project, a new pump station is proposed for Ebensburg. The project description says this station will be adjacent to an existing one and house booster pumps, leak detection metering, associated piping and accessory structures. 

Residents who wish to speak at one of the hearings on the project must register in advance and should bring at least one copy of their written comments and exhibits to submit to DEP. 

More information on the proposed pipeline project can be found at www.dep.pa.gov under the “Pennsylvania Pipeline Portal” tab. 

Chances to talk

Each hearing on the Pennsylvania Pipeline Project will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The dates and locations are:

• Monday: Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.

• Tuesday: Lebanon Valley Exposition Center, Lebanon.

• Wednesday: Sykes Student Union at West Chester University, West Chester. 

• Aug. 16: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Keystone Conference Center, Harrisburg.

• Aug. 18: Founder’s Hall Amphitheatre, Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood.

To register, residents in DEP’s southwest region should contact John Poister at

(412) 442-4203 or email jpoister@pa.gov.

​Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.

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