The Pipeline Task Force held its final meeting last week. With that completed, it is now anticipated that the Task Force's report will be delivered to Governor Wolf soon. That report is expected to consist of over 180 recommendations regarding how to prepare for and manage the impact of pipelines within Pennsylvania. It is believed that some of the Task Force's recommendations will include, among other things, increased training for state regulators and emergency responders, creating state level coordination and infrastructure systems and suggestions on how to minimize environmental impacts. Other areas likely to be addressed by the report include agriculture, conservation and natural resources, historical and cultural resources, public participation, and economic development.
As many may be aware, Governor Wolf established a pipeline infrastructure task force to assist in developing policies and guidelines regarding pipeline development and pipeline operation and maintenance in Pennsylvania. This task force was established to create a series of best practices in order to reduce the environmental and community impact, to engage in meaningful public participation, and to ensure pipeline safety and integrity. The members of the task force were recently selected and identified in July, 2015 with the task force having its first meeting on July 22, 2015. Based upon the information presently known, it appears that the task force is scheduled to conduct monthly meetings with a deadline to present their final report to Governor Wolf in February, 2016. As we learn further information about the task force and/or its efforts in this regard, we will post further updates.