Pipeline Projects Under Fire

Mar 10, 2016

A proposed 124-mile pipeline to deliver low-cost gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to New York and New England has been delayed for lack of a state water quality permit.

Constitution Pipeline Company says it's changing its projected start of service from the fourth quarter of 2016 to the second half of 2017. The company says it won't be able to complete tree-clearing before the end of March, as required to avoid harm to nesting birds.

The company has completed tree-felling along the Pennsylvania leg of the project. But work can't begin in New York until state regulators issue a water quality certification.

Meantime, armed with the recent correspondence by United State Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, together with that of Congressman Chris Gibson,  Town of Nassau Supervisor David Fleming is calling for the immediate suspension of the review of the NED Pipeline application. The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan has proposed this industrial gas pipeline to cross Rensselaer County as part of the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline Project.  The pipeline would provide no gas service in the communities it would pass through.

Copyright 2016 Associated Press. WAMC contributed to this report.