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Constitution Pipeline pushes back its target date

The Constitution Pipeline Company has changed its planned completion date.

The second half 2017 is the new target for when the Constitution Pipeline will be in service. The previous in-service date was the fourth quarter of this year. 

In a statement on its website, the company says it needs more time to comply with the environmental conditions of federal regulators.

When complete, the pipeline would transfer natural gas from northeast Pennsylvania. It would pass through Broome, Delaware and other New York counties on its way to eastern markets.

Earlier this year, the pipeline asked for permission to begin cutting trees along its route. The feds did allow it to cut trees in Pennsylvania, and the company says that work is almost complete. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission didn’t rule on tree felling in New York and felling activities can’t happen after the end of this month.

The Constitution Pipeline is still waiting on water quality permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. A decision on those is expected in April, although an exact date is not known for that news.