Right-Of-Way Clearing Begins for Constitution Pipeline

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC received authorization from FERC to proceed with limited tree felling activities along its pipeline right-of-way in Pennsylvania. The authorization is a significant milestone and major step forward for the pipeline designed to transport enough natural gas to serve 3 million homes.

Constitution Pipeline plans to begin limited tree felling activities in Pennsylvania as soon as its contractors and crews can be trained and deployed, finishing before March 31 to avoid adverse impacts to migratory birds and the Northern long-eared bat. These activities will be subject to third-party environmental monitoring. In coordination with state and federal agencies, Constitution Pipeline will provide $8.6 million in conservation funding for the restoration and preservation of migratory bird habitats as a conservation measure.

Assuming receipt of all remaining permits, mainline construction will begin this spring to help meet growing gas demand in New York and New England during the fourth quarter. The project involves construction and operation of 125 miles of 30-inch pipeline from gas basins in northeast Pennsylvania and connecting with existing transmission pipelines in Schoharie County, NY.

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