CNX’s Upcoming Kiski River to BP6 Waterline Project in Westmoreland County


CNX is set to commence an ambitious waterline project in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with hopes of starting January 2024 as per DEP filings. The project, spanning across the Avonmore and Saltsburg areas within Bell Township, aims to establish a reliable water supply for CNX’s natural gas operations.

Project Overview

The Kiski River to BP6 Waterline project involves constructing a 5.7-mile, 20-inch diameter high-density polyethylene (HDPE) buried waterline. This line will withdraw water from the Kiskiminetas River and transport it to the existing CNX BP6 Well Pad. It will cross several state and township roads using both conventional bore and open cut methods. The project also includes the construction of two segments of overhead electric lines to power the water pumps​​.

Environmental and Land Considerations

The project will affect various land covers, including agricultural fields, meadows, woodlands, and natural gas infrastructure. About 72.3 acres will be disturbed during the development of the waterline and the construction of access roads and workspaces. CNX has taken steps to minimize potential impacts on the environment, especially concerning streams and wetlands in the area. The project design includes measures to limit disturbances and align the waterline to avoid additional impacts on sensitive areas​​.

Community Impact and Controversies

Westmoreland County’s recorder of deeds revealed that easements for this project were signed at the beginning of 2021, with some landowners receiving significant compensation. However, CNX faces criticism from locals regarding water usage and its water withdrawals from Beaver Run. CNX’s representative, Brian Aiello, clarified that they have not drawn water from Beaver Run since July 2023, and the quantities used are a matter of public record. As of the time of publication water usage up to the last report in October was less than 1/3 of a MAWC’s daily usage.

Restoration Plans Post-Construction

Post-construction, the ground conditions are proposed to be restored to their original state or better. This includes restoring temporary workspaces and access roads to their pre-construction conditions. Exceptions include the areas around the booster pump pad and the withdrawal pump station, where permanent changes will be made​​.