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Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) Report

February 2016

TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Letter from Task Force to Governor Tom Wolf

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2. Executive Summary and Recommendations From the Task Force

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3. Background on the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force

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4. Mission

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5. Objectives and Responsibilities

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6. Process

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7. Task Force Composition

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8. Task Force Members

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9. Workgroup Members

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10. Pipeline Infrastructure Development in Pennsylvania and the Role of the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force Page 17 11. Legal Framework for Oil and Natural Gas Pipeline Development in Pennsylvania Page 21 12. Permitting Clarity

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13. Workgroup Recommendations

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14. Appendices

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15. Acronyms

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16. Endnotes

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LETTER FROM TASK FORCE TO GOVERNOR TOM WOLF TO COME AT CONCLUSION OF TASK FORCE PROCESS

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE TASK FORCE TO COME AT CONCLUSION OF TASK FORCE PROCESS

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BACKGROUND ON THE PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE TASK FORCE Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf appointed the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary John Quigley to serve as the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) Chairman in May 2015, and appointed 48 Task Force members in July 2015. He charged the Task Force to provide a final report on the PITF activities by February 2016. Through an open solicitation process each member voluntary requested to be on the Task Force or to serve on a Workgroup. Appointees were not compensated and were not considered an employee or official of the state; however, portions of the Governor’s Code of Conduct at 7 Pa. Code §§ 7.151-7.159 (http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/007/chapter7/subchapKtoc.html) apply to appointees, including the Gift Ban. MISSION In the next decade, Pennsylvania will undergo a substantial pipeline infrastructure build-out to transport gas and related byproducts from thousands of wells throughout the state. The unprecedented build-out creates an opportunity for the Commonwealth to engage stakeholders in a collaborative process to achieve a world-class pipeline infrastructure system. As a stakeholder-driven effort, the PITF was tasked with developing policies, guidelines and tools to assist in pipeline development (including planning, permitting and construction) as well as longterm operation and maintenance. This has been a transparent process, and entailed close coordination with federal agencies, state partners, local governments, industry representatives, landowners and environmental advocates. OBJECTIVES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The purpose and goals of the Task Force were to define a series of best practices and recommendations to:     

Plan, site and route pipelines in ways that avoid or reduce environmental and community impacts; Amplify and engage in meaningful public participation; Maximize opportunities for predictable and efficient permitting; Employ construction methods that reduce environmental and community impact; and Ensure pipeline safety and integrity during operation of the pipeline.

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PROCESS The PITF conducted four meetings in 2015 and one meeting in 2016: July 22, August 26, September 23, October 28, November 18 and January 13. In addition, PITF created 12 workgroups that were charged with specific issues related to the Pipeline Infrastructure. A chair was appointed to each workgroup to set up agendas and guide the workflow. Meetings of the PITF were advertised and open to the public, and streamed live via the Internet. Agendas, full copies of presentations and other mate