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Brant Newman is associate editor of the Observer-Reporter and a member of the O-R editorial board. A native of Claysville and a graduate of West Liberty University, he has been with the newspaper for 22 years, working as night editor for many years and serving as photo editor before assuming his current position.

Groups opposing 120-mile gas pipeline

  • March 20, 2013

READING (AP) — Community groups are mounting opposition to a 120-mile natural gas pipeline project in eastern Pennsylvania.

The proposed Commonwealth Pipeline would carry natural gas from a deposit in the Marcellus Shale in Lycoming County. It would travel through Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Berks counties on its way to Chester County.

The Reading Eagle reports Missouri-based Commonwealth Pipeline hasn’t released details on the project since December. Municipal leaders and residents say they are frustrated and several have passed resolutions opposing the project, which requires a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

In Union Township, supervisors say they’re trying to work with Commonwealth Pipeline to find a route that would not affect as many environmentally sensitive areas.

The company says it hopes to have the pipeline in service by 2015.


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