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Lancaster City Council opposes gas pipeline

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Lancaster City Council voted unanimously to send the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission its objection to a proposed pipeline that would run through Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

The vote was met with applause from a number of city and non-city residents who oppose the natural gas pipeline Williams Partners wants to build.

The plans do not call for the line to run though the city.

"I think it shows a unified front and I do have faith that that unified front is going to be heard. I have to believe that," Councilman James Reichenbach said. "I think this is a bigger issue, it's a bigger situation than a specific ordinance that affects a finite number of people. If this pipeline comes through Lancaster County, it's going to impact everybody."

Council will file its comments with FERC as soon as possible. There's no word yet if other municipalities are considering similar measures.

It is ultimately up to FERC to decide whether the pipeline will be built. The commission held public meetings to collect public input last week.

FERC and Williams Partners say they are listening to the opposition.

Williams Partners has made two major re-routes in Lancaster County to date, including a path around a nature preserve. The company anticipates more changes.

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