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Bethlehem Townshp asks PennEast to reconsider pipeline

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethlehem Township sent a letter to PennEast voicing concern for its residents most directly impacted by the proposed pipeline route. 

The township believes a route on the west side of Route 33 from Church Road through the PennDOT Park-N-Ride property to the Route 33 and William Penn Highway interchange would be best, as it moves the pipeline away from around 35 residences that would fall within the impact radius from the present proposed location, according to their letter. 

The township says those residences will be better protected since Route 33 is elevated above the grade of the homes along this line. 

The township also says the pipeline could 'run in a line continuing southward, between the existing cellphone tower and the PennDOT maintenance facility. This move would avoid having the pipeline within 300' of one of Bethlehem Township's densest neighborhoods: Hope Ridge."

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