Rockaway grant program delivers more than $340,000 to community organizations

Read our previous posts about organizations the Rockaway community grant program has reached.

Community organizations in the Rockaway area in New York received grants from Williams’ Rockaway Lateral pipeline project community grant program.

The program, established in spring 2014, donated a total of more than $343,000 since its inception, with $120,000 donated in spring 2015 and $115,000 in the fall of 2014.

Here’s a list of past grant recipients.

The Rockaway grant program is designed to benefit the environment and local communities within the New York City areas near our pipeline project. Its mission is to assist in the development of projects that directly benefit the surrounding communities in which the Rockaway Lateral is being constructed and operated.

Grants up to $15,000 per funding cycle are awarded based on community need. These grants can be used to provide environmental benefit or economic development, or to support emergency services, youth and senior programs, or education programs.

Community organizations can complete and submit he application online.

The next round of grant applications are due by August 1, 2015.


Williams engineer awarded American Society of Civil Engineers’ top honor

Angela, left, volunteers at a Kaboom event.

Angela, left, volunteers at a Kaboom event.

One of the newest members of the Williams team was recently awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) top honor.

Angela Mayer, who joined the Asset Integrity group in January, has been named the ASCE Pittsburgh Section Young Civil Engineer of the Year for 2014.

The award is given to an outstanding young engineer under age 35 who has demonstrated exceptional and innovative work in the field of engineering, is working to advance the profession, and is active in the Pittsburgh chapter of ASCE.  Angela received the award during a ceremony in February.

Although she has only been at Williams for a few months, Angela says the experience has been a stellar one so far.

“My team is great and my manager has been really supportive of me since the first day. Their willingness to help me succeed is indicative of how Williams treats its employees,”  Angela says.

When Angela isn’t hard at work in the Pittsburgh office, she is actively involved in ASCE’s outreach program including volunteering with Kaboom, a non-profit organization that renovates playgrounds in under-served communities nationwide. Next month, she will judge a student engineering competition at Pennsylvania State University.

“I want to dispel the myth that the only thing civil engineers do is build bridges,” comments Angela. “I want students to see there are many opportunities available to civil engineers especially in the energy field.”

Angela has been an active member of ASCE for the past 6 years including serving as a Past President. She currently sits on the organization’s board of directors.

Williams files Atlantic Sunrise expansion with FERC

transco_pipeline construction

Today Williams filed its certificate application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking authorization to expand the existing Transco transmission pipeline. The proposal, known as the Atlantic Sunrise project, would connect natural gas producing regions in northern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states by 2017.

View the complete filing for the Atlantic Sunrise project online. You also can read the full news release.

During the past year we’ve solicited valuable input from property owners, communities, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders that has directly shaped our project footprint. In fact, our FERC filing incorporates more than 100 route changes affecting nearly 50 percent of the original pipeline alignment.

Other steps we’ve taken in response to input we’ve received can be found in the various environmental resource reports which make up the FERC Certificate Application.

Filing the Certificate Application with FERC is certainly a significant milestone, but it doesn’t mean that our work is complete, or that we are done soliciting input.

We’re still gathering information and working with stakeholders to even further refine the route to address potential issues. We have a long way to go, but your feedback and participation in helping us reach this important milestone is greatly appreciated.