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Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline To Cross Through Luzerne, Carbon Counties

KINGSTON TOWNSHIP — Property owners in Luzerne and Carbon Counties have discovered that a new natural gas pipeline is in the works. PennEast Pipeline says...

KINGSTON TOWNSHIP -- Property owners in Luzerne and Carbon Counties have discovered that a new natural gas pipeline is in the works.

PennEast Pipeline says it has filed paperwork with federal energy officials this week, with plans for a 108-mile long line that would start in the Dallas area and end in New Jersey.

Company officials said the 36-inch line would be built at least three feet underground, and the line would go under the Susquehanna River.

A PennEast Pipeline representative said the company is in the process of collecting permission from property owners for ground surveys before a pipeline route is finalized.

The natural gas collected from the Marcellus Shale in the Northern Tier would be sent to southeastern Pennsylvania and into New Jersey.

Officials said the project is about three years away from a reality and the construction work would not disturb the environment.

Patricia Fisher told Newswatch 16 that she lives near one pipeline already buried in Kingston Township, and she does not want to see anymore.

"Tearing up the land, you’re destroying the environment. There`s a lot of possibilities when people do things like that. That really could destroy our beautiful country."

The company’s website said the project will create jobs and lower energy prices.

PennEast Pipeline said it plans on holding an open house in Luzerne County sometime next month.