The Associated Press reports on a planned $750 million pipeline that will carry natural gas from northeast Pennsylvania to New York, and how the project is getting wrapped up in the politics of the Cuomo Administration’s impending ruling on new hydraulic fracturing regulations.
The Constitution Pipeline would run from Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania through New York’s Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties to connect with the existing Tennessee and Iroquois pipelines in the Schoharie County town of Wright, 80 miles southwest of Albany. It’s proposed by Williams Partners, an energy infrastructure company based in Tulsa, Okla., and Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas.
The pipeline is fully contracted with long-term commitments from natural gas producers operating in Pennsylvania and isn’t designed to facilitate natural gas drilling in New York, said Williams spokesman Chris Stockton. The initial capacity will be enough to serve the daily needs of about 3 million homes, he said.
Williams plans to submit a draft environmental impact report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in October, followed by a formal permit application in January. If it’s approved, pipeline construction would start in April 2014 with a goal of having it operational by March 2015.