CHESTER SPRINGS, PA — In mid-March, TC Energy (formerly Columbia Pipeline Group) began construction work to relocate a pipeline that runs through Hickory Park and under the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
This work was necessitated by the planned widening of the Turnpike. Because the pipeline is existing construction, and because it transports home heating natural gas, the work was not subject to the statewide COVID-19 closures.
Upper Uwchlan Township has received a request from TC Energy for an exemption from normal work hours for the purposes of what is called horizontal directional drill (HDD) pullback. Pullback activity includes lighting, truck traffic, welding, as well as movement and installation of pipe.
The pullback process is the actual installation of pipe into the drill hole from the exit point to the drill rig. The Township has confirmed with third party, independent subject matter experts, that this process, once started, must continue uninterrupted through completion or there is a risk of losing the drill hole via collapse.
If this occurs and the hole cannot be recovered, the drill must begin anew, significantly prolonging installation time and disruption to the community.
Dependent upon weather, the pullback is expected to begin Monday, April 6. It is estimated that the pullback could take up to 24 hours to complete.
Homeowners on Autumn Lane and Heather Hill Drive near the exit point will receive information directly from TC Energy regarding this work and the exemption to the work hours.
The Township has asked the team from TC Energy to be exceptionally mindful of our residents during this unique time, and to do everything they can to reduce the noise and lighting impact.
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