HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday announced the formation of a task force to help state agencies, communities across the state, and the natural gas industry develop more effective pipelines to transport natural gas and other related byproducts from gas wells to markets.
John Quigley, acting secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, will serve as chairman of the task force.
Quigley says this effort will have teeth. “This is a serious effort,” he said. “We want to develop best practices and allow all aspects of pipeline development, from planning to construction, to safety and maintenance, and community engagement.”
Quigley says over the next 10 years, we could see the construction of close to 25,000 miles of gathering lines which connect the wells to the processing stations and nearly 5,000 miles of midstream and transmission pipelines in Pennsylvania.
Quigley says natural gas pipelines will likely impact the environment and communities in every county.
“The goal is to minimize some of those impacts and at the same time assist in this investment of billions of dollars in Pennsylvania that will end up creating thousands of jobs,” he said.
Quigley says the task force will gather input and information for eight months, then submit a final report to Wolf.