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April 24, 2014

In Our Opinion: Blame politics for only one pipeline delay

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The Constitution Pipeline Company needs approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the controversial route that would begin in Susquehanna County, Pa., and end in Schoharie County.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said a draft report on the pipeline’s environmental impacts “insufficient,” and that a potential option of locating the transmission line along Interstate 88 “has not been fully evaluated.”

The state Department of Environmental Conservation also complained that the pipeline company’s preferred route could be more environmentally harmful than the I-88 corridor and that “the applicant has unfortunately not submitted detailed information nor has it presented detailed proposals or plans” to the state Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

It would seem then that the Constitution Pipeline folks have only themselves — rather than Keystone-type politics — to blame for delaying their project.

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