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Constitution Pipeline delayed

Mar 13, 2016 12:04 am
Brian Nearing reports in The Albany Times-Union that the owners of the proposed Constitution natural gas pipeline have pushed back the beginning of construction from the end of 2016 to the second half of 2017. The proposed pipeline still requires approvals from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, with a ruling expected before March 31. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will only allow trees that need to be cut along the route from Pennsylvania to Schoharie County between Nov. 1 and March 31 to protect migratory songbirds and the northern long-eared bat. The company would cut down 1,000 acres of forest containing 700,000 trees, and 120 landowners would lose property to the gas company under eminent domain, if the pipeline moves forward. Read the full story in The Albany Times-Union.