Plans for 120-Mile Natural Gas Pipeline Suspended

The developers of a planned 120-mile natural gas pipeline in eastern Pennsylvania say the project is being suspended indefinitely.

The proposed Commonwealth Pipeline would carry natural gas from a deposit in the Marcellus Shale in Lycoming County.

The 30-inch pipeline would travel through Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Berks counties on its way to Chester County.

The proposed line was expected to make a connection with a liquification, vaporization and storage facility near Temple, Pa. in Berks County.

The route runs near several other pipelines cris-crossing the Commonwealth. It was also set to connect with several gas systems in the Philadelphia region.

The groups behind the project have announced on their website that the project is being suspended. No reason is being given, but the group says it will provide updates at a later time.

The pipeline was supported by three major partners: Inergy Midstream LP, UGI Energy Services Inc., and WGL Holdings Inc.

The developers had said they hoped to have the pipeline in service by 2015.

View of the proposed Commonwealth Pipeline -- highlighted in red

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