LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -
More than 200 Lancaster County residents opposing a proposed natural gas pipeline gathered for a meeting Monday night to discuss what they do and don’t know about the project.
Williams Partners, a Houston-based company, is interested in constructing the pipeline that would start north of the area and run all the way through Lebanon County, into Lancaster, until it connects with an existing line at the county’s southern end.
It is part of a larger project.
The company has released the potential route and over the past couple of weeks, residents and local officials say, some in the project’s path received letters from Williams asking permission to survey their properties.
A grass roots effort against the pipeline was launched.
Many concerns center on environmental issues
Malinda Clatterbuck heard the line would cut through her property. She organized Monday’s meeting at Mount Nebo Church near Pequea to share information and hear from neighbors.
“(It) almost makes me want to cry. I care so much about the land here. We live on the southern end and I think a lot of people do because we like the privacy, we like the nature,” Clatterbuck said.
Local officials are trying to help give residents information, too. Mount Joy Township’s webpage has links and paperwork in an effort to keep everyone up-to-date on the situation. However, it seems no one has the exact plan yet.
“The biggest thing we want to know is where exactly is it going and who is it going to impact?” Steve Gault, Mount Joy Township Administrator said.
A spokesman with Williams Partners told abc27 that nothing is set in stone yet. They said they are in the information gathering stage and what is released is designed to gather input.
Company representatives are set to attend a Lancaster County Commissioners at their meeting on April, 29, county officials say.