Agricultural Construction

cornfield1We recognize there are special agricultural areas and farming techniques within the project area. Williams operates thousands of miles of pipelines buried under agricultural land across the U.S. We’re committed to protecting the relationship of trust and respect we’ve worked hard to establish with our farming neighbors. Our goal is to treat agricultural landowners fairly, both through financial compensation and by protecting and restoring their land.

For the Pennsylvania portion of the Northeast Supply Enhancement project, we will be working with local agricultural experts to ensure we have a comprehensive understanding of the agricultural lands in the area. These experts will work to ensure our construction techniques and restoration methods appropriate for the area’s soils, crops and farming practices.

To minimize impacts associated with crop productivity, topsoil segregation is used in all agricultural lands including row crops (conventional and no-till), tame pastures, hayfields, and other areas at the landowner’s or land managing agency’s request. The subsoil, which receives the bulk of the construction traffic, is tested and decompacted, if required, using agricultural rippers. Topsoil segregation, and decompaction is done on both the right of way and the construction workspace. In our experience, soils within the right-of-way don’t typically exhibit water movement problems when proper topsoil segregation and decompaction techniques are used. Prior to topsoil segregation, the topsoil depth will be measured and recorded to minimize mixing topsoil with subsoil.

We work with agricultural agronomists and local agricultural experts to ensure we have a comprehensive understanding of the agricultural lands in the area to ensure our construction techniques and restoration methods area appropriate for the soils and crops grown in the area.

Williams also coordinates with appropriate local, state and federal agencies any construction and reclamation measures involving affected farmlands. This will include working with local soil conservation authorities or land management agencies to address erosion control and revegetation. The company will also work with appropriate agencies to create specific procedures to prevent the introduction or spread of noxious weeds and other pests resulting from pipeline construction.

A detailed list of soil types and their characteristics will be included in Resource Report 7 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Land use, including specialty crop areas, will be identified in Resource Report 8.  Agricultural soil protection and mitigation methods proposed will depend on soil characteristics.  The prescribed Best Management Practices for each individual location crossed by the Project will be detailed in the Environmental Construction Plan.