The natural gas line moves but keeps its closeness to Lower Nazareth Elementary in the Nazareth Area School District.
The relocation of the pipeline isn't related to security concerns and away from Moore Elementary is a part of a bigger rerouting announced earlier this month, said PeenEast spokeswoman (http://vietnamdiscovering.com/) spokeswoman Patricia Kornick.
"While PennEast welcomes feedback from landowners, municipalities, agencies and others, the latest reroute that transferred the pipeline slightly away from Moore Township Elementary School wasn't because of the proximity of the pipeline to the institution," Kornick said within an e-mail.
It was part of a larger reroute strategy pipeline officials submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this month, when the school also occurred to be affected.
Kornick pointed out it is not unusual for utilities, including natural gas pipelines, to run schools that were near.
There is energy infrastructure, including underground natural gas pipelines, in place near schools throughout Pennsylvania and across the nation, she said.
Underneath the previous planned route, the pipeline was a bit more than a quarter mile or at its closest point, said feet 1,990 Northampton Area Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik.
The latest course that is planned gets the pipeline eight-tenths of a mile from the school, or more than 4,000 feet.
The pipeline will stay six-tenths of a mile, or about 3,000 feet at its Nazareth Elementary, Kornick said.
Despite more distance between the pipeline and Moore Elementary, Kovalchik is concerned. Route 946 supplies the only access into and from the elementary school. The pipeline continues to be slated to cross the highway near its junction with Hokendauqua Drive.
"Our concern was if something would happen, from an overall security viewpoint, we might have some difficulty getting students out of that place due to the closeness of the conduit," Kovalchik said.
"Is there still a danger?
The pipeline continues to be too close, said Jean Rundle, Northampton Area School Board member and Moore resident.
"I simply do not feel comfortable with it."
He is trusting an update that fulfills Nazareth Area School District is provided by PennEast.
"If not, I assure you and the PennEast pipeline programmers our involvement and resistance to the job will intensify," Brienza said.
Nazareth district officials expressed their opposition to the route throughout a public forum before FERC at Northampton Community College in February, Brienza said.
Also Lower Nazareth Township supervisors sent a letter summarizing their concerns regarding the route of the pipeline, though they failed to take a stand for or against the job.
During this phase, until they submit a final application FERC, probably in July, pipeline officials are seeking public feedback regarding the route and will continue to make changes according to those opinions.
The latest changes to the proposed route were announced earlier this month and included moving the pipeline away from one of the water of the Bethlehem Authority main lines. That change was made in response to concerns regarding the proximity of the pipeline.There were also changes to where the pipeline and it would cross the Appalachian Trail and a Lower Nazareth branch Trio Farms, along with a subdivision, respectively in New Jersey called Huntington Knolls.