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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

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11. Legal Framework for Oil and Natural Gas Pipeline Development in Pennsylvania

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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 On May 27, 2015, Governor Tom Wolf announced the formation of the Pipeline Infrastructure

Task Force to engage stakeholders in a collaborative process to achieve a world-class pipeline infrastructure system in Pennsylvania. He invited citizens to volunteer to serve as Task Force members, and more than 200 people applied to participate. On July 7, 2015, Governor Wolf appointed 48 Task Force members. We are honored to submit our report that reflects the results of our work. Governor Wolf tasked us to help Commonwealth agencies, the natural gas industry, and communities across the state collaborate more effectively as thousands of miles of pipelines are being proposed to transport natural gas and related byproducts to markets from gas wells throughout the state. During the time we worked together, our appreciation of the need and the complexity of the assignment grew. We have had the help of many Pennsylvanians. We have been informed by the essential work of 101 dedicated individuals who served on our Task Force’s 12 workgroups. We are indebted to them for diligence. It is the foundation on which our work is built. Our work process was transparent. Citizens addressed us at our seven public meetings and presented letters. More than 1,500 individuals also offered written comments on our draft report during a 45-day public comment period via DEP’s eComment system at http://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment/. Task Force meetings were webcast, and those meetings, work products, meeting agenda, and materials have been preserved on our webpage at http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/ProgramIntegration/PipelineTaskForce/Pages/default.aspx#.Vk92 Lxwo6BM. Ultimately, the responsibility was ours for meeting the Governor’s charge “to recommend a series of best practices for: planning, siting and routing pipelines to avoid/reduce environmental and community impacts; amplifying and engaging in meaningful public participation; maximizing opportunities for predictable and efficient permitting; employing construction methods that reduce environmental impact; and developing long-term operations and maintenance plans to ensure pipeline safety and integrity.” Our overall goal was “to make sure that the positive economic benefits of Pennsylvania’s rich natural resources can more quickly be realized in a responsible way.” The workgroups shaped more than 180 separate recommendations. While there were varying degrees of overlap among some recommendations, all recommendations are presented in this report to retain the full value provided by the workgroups. As Task Force members, we achieved remarkable consensus - but not unanimity on every recommendation, word or sentence of this report. Task Force member comments on recommendations are contained in Appendix A. We have fashioned a list of recommendations th