East Side Expansion Project

Overview  

In response to customer demand driven need for additional pipeline capacity, Columbia is planning to upgrade and expand existing pipeline and compression facilities. The project will involve the installation of two natural gas pipelines with approximately 9.5 miles of pipeline in Chester County, Pennsylvania and 9.5 miles of pipeline in Gloucester County, New Jersey. The project will also include modifications and upgrades to certain station facilities located in Northampton County (Pa.), Pike County (Pa.), Bucks County (Pa.), Montgomery County (Pa.), Orange County (N.Y.), and Harford County (Md.). The proposed pipeline project will increase pipeline capacity through existing and enhanced system interconnects and is anticipated to be in service by fall of 2015.

Latest Project Updates

Re-route filing: December 18, 2013
As part of an ongoing commitment to landowners, Columbia submitted a revised pipeline route to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its East Side Expansion Project, which takes into account resident and community feedback. The proposed re-route will avoid disturbing identified environmental areas and planned development. The latest maps are available in the Related Links section on the right of this page.

Re-route information for Pennsylvania pipeline segment

  • A reroute to avoid Caln Township’s development parcel will run parallel to Route 30, adjacent to the south side of the parcel. Caln Township has agreed to this modification. 
  • To avoid construction within Beaver Creek and associated forest wetlands, Columbia has modified its construction method and workspace to allow a direct pipe or trenchless construction. This will avoid any disturbance to the creek, forested wetland or forested floodplain.

Re-route information for New Jersey pipeline segment

  • At milepost 2.5, the Pedricktown Road route will now continue along the existing road to avoid going around a resident’s home and disrupting future land development.
  • From milepost 2.7 to 3.6, a revised route adjacent to Oldmans Creek Road and proposed lengthening of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) will avoid construction near residences and allow for development of a new warehouse. 
  • From milepost 4.2 to 4.5, lengthening of HDD along Pedricktown and Harrisonville Road will avoid an identified sensitive environmental resource. 
  • From milepost 5.9 to 7.9, a revised route along Oldman’s Creek Road will follow existing roads, continuing past the elementary school near New Jersey Turnpike and roughly paralleling the turnpike until ending at Swedesboro Station. This will avoid disruption to agritourism, specialty crops and land developments. HDD will be incorporated near the station to avoid additional tree clearing and a parcel in the Green Acres program.

Additional Information & Regulatory Filings

Columbia entered into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Pre-Filing Process in March 2013 and completed the Pre-filing process on November 1, 2013, with the filing of a formal application with FERC. The purpose of entering into the pre-filing process is to involve stakeholders early in the development phase of a project so that potential issues can be identified, discussed and addressed prior to the filing of an application.

During this phase of the project, Columbia held hundreds of conversations with various stakeholders including landowners, public officials, agencies and nonprofit groups. Columbia remains committed to continued discussions with all interested stakeholders through each phase of the project.

As noted above, on November 1, 2013 Columbia submitted its application to the FERC in Docket No. CP14-17-000. The FERC will issue of a “Notice of Application” that our application has been received and will be reviewed by the FERC. Please visit this website for periodic updates on the status of the application.

Documents issued and received by the FERC for this project can be accessed through the FERC’s e-library under Docket CP14-17-000. Information from the Pre-Filing process can also be accessed through the FERC’s e-Library at Docket  PF13-7-000. The FERC’s e-Library is available to you at all times via computer at no charge. 

More information about the FERC Permitting Process of Natural Gas Facilities can be accessed through the FERC's website. 

Contact Us

Underpinning this entire effort is our unwavering commitment to top-tier safety and reliability, collaborative stakeholder relationships and forward-looking environmental practices and stewardship. Columbia strives to be a responsible neighbor and good citizen. We will continue to keep you informed and will be in contact with you periodically throughout the project.

Please feel free to contact us at our toll free number (888) 499-3450 with any questions or visit us at our local project office at:

1045 Andrew Drive, Suite C1A
West Chester, PA 19380