A Susquehanna County rail-trail organization recently awarded federal and state funds to renovate the second stretch of its 38-mile trail is trying to balance its current and future conservation goals as it considers signing easement agreements for natural gas pipelines in its right of way.
The Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania has not yet signed an agreement, but it has negotiated with as many as six different pipeline companies in the last three years in the hope of reaching a deal for part or all of the recreational corridor, council President Kirk W. Newsom said.
The nonprofit’s D&H Rail-Trail runs 38 miles from Fell Twp. north to the New York border through Union Dale, Ararat, Starrucca, Susquehanna and seven other municipalities. It borders a region busy with Marcellus Shale natural gas development.
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