The impact of the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom is about to reach a corner of South Jersey.
Surveyors have started several months of work in Gloucester County as part of a planned major pipeline expansion project to carry gas from northern Pennsylvania to the country’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets.
Dubbed the East Side Expansion project, it is expected to cost $210 million and it had not yet received approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Most of the work would be on right-of-way owned by Columbia Gas Transmission L.L.C., a subsidiary of Houston’s NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage, said Chevalier Mayes, a NiSource spokeswoman.
Construction would begin in early 2015 and end in the fall of that year, the company said.
In Gloucester County, Woolwich Township Administrator Jane DiBella said the pipeline would run along the Columbia Gas right-of-way parallel to Center Square Road, which extends from Logan Township into Swedesboro.
The Gloucester County leg is just a small segment of a project covering four states. The main line is to run from Milford, in Pennsylvania’s Pike County, to Loudoun County, Va.
The Gloucester branch would connect to the main north-south pipeline in Chester County and cross the Delaware River to bring gas to Columbia Gas’ existing redistribution facility in West Deptford, according to a map accompanying a solicitation of bids for the pipeline project.
A planned Nov. 5 presentation by Columbia Gas officials to the Woolwich Township Committee was canceled because the company was involved in recovery operations related to Hurricane Sandy, DiBella said. The public session is expected to be rescheduled.