Columbia Gas Line, City of Cumberland Waste Water Treatment Plant
The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, will grant a right-of-way to the City of Cumberland, Maryland for a natural gas pipeline across park property at Mile 181.83 of the park.
The purpose of the project is to provide more efficient fuel source for the City owned waste water treatment plant.
The need for the project is to install the gas pipeline across federal property, administered by the National Park Service.
The right of way will cross park lands at an existing roadway which connects Offutt Street and the City's treatment plant. The public access roadway also connects the City owned recreational park to the Candoc section of Cumberland.
The project will trench within the roadway to a depth of four feet to install the four inch line. The installation will stay within the footprint of the existing roadway. The roadway will remain open for use during the work, with one lane closures only. Staging will be off NPS property.
In review of the proposed project, documentation was presented by the City of Cumberland regarding existing underground utility lines within the project area. The various lines date from 1923 through recent times. Due to the extensive construction documentation, the park's Interdisciplinary Team concluded that the project would not impact natural and cultural resources of the park. The project does not pose any serious or long-term effects to the environmental, historical, cultural, archeological, or visual resources. It meets categorical exclusion #C.15 –Installation of underground utilities in previously disturbed areas having stable soils, or in an existing right-of-way.
Upon review of the proposed project and the information regarding previous underground utility installations, it has determined that no historic properties will be affected, as outlined under the National Historic Preservation Act/Section 106 Programmatic Agreement.
For further information about this project, please contact Lands Officer, at 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740.