Eastern Shore Gas Pipeline
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Eastern Shore Gas Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline.
The pipeline runs from Lancaster and Chester Counties, PA to Cecil County, MD, and New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties, DE.
- Owner: Chesapeake Utilities
- Current capacity: 100 Million cubic feet per day
- Length: 455 miles / 732 km
- Status: Operating
- Start Year: 1959
The Eastern Shore Gas Pipeline is owned and operated by Chesapeake Utilities. The pipeline has delivered gas to the Delmarva area since 1959 and to southeastern Pennsylvania since 2001.
Expansion Project Background
In January 2017 Chesapeake Utilities applied to FERC to build a 40-mile extension of the pipeline at an estimated cost of $99 million. The expansion would include 23 miles of pipeline in Chester County, PA, Cecil County, MD, and Delaware’s New Castle and Sussex counties; and a 16.9-mile mainline extension in Sussex County.
In May 2017 the expansion received an Environmental Assessment (EA) from FERC that would allow construction to begin. Among the issues cited by the EA were the pipeline's proximity to environmentally sensitive wetlands, its proximity to a "large number" of private wells, and the incidence of erosion and deforestation during construction.
In October 2017 FERC gave Chesapeake Utilities final approval to begin construction of the pipeline expansion.
According to the U.S.'s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the expansion became operational in 2019.
Expansion Project Details
- Operator: Chesapeake Utilities
- Proposed capacity: 61 Million cubic feet per day
- Length: 40 miles / 64.4 km
- Diameter: 10-inches, 16-inches, 24-inches
- Status: Operating
- Start Year: 2019
- Cost: US$99 million
The expansion includes 23 miles of pipeline in Chester County, PA, Cecil County, MD, and Delaware’s New Castle and Sussex counties; and a 16.9-mile mainline extension in Sussex County.
Articles and resources
- Eastern Shore Gas Pipeline, A Barrel Full, accessed September 2017
- 2017 Expansion, Eastern Shore Natural Gas, accessed January 2018
- Eastern Shore Seeks Expansion Approval at FERC, Natural Gas Intelligence, Jan. 4, 2017
- Eastern Shore Secures FERC Approval For NatGas Expansion, Natural Gas Intelligence, Oct. 5, 2017
- Docket No. CP17-28-000, FERC, May 12, 2017
- Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Agency, July 21, 2020