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June 15, 2013

Pipeline planners file for license

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — The application for a federal license to build a 122-mile natural gas pipeline from Susquahanna County, Pa., to Schoharie County was filed with federal regulators Friday by the planners of the Constitution Pipeline.

The project is a partnership of four significant players in the natural gas arena -- Williams Partners L.P. , Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc. and WGL Holdings, Inc.

The pipeline planners estimated the total cost of the project at $683 million. Initially, project engineers had said the system would require new compressor station in Schoharie County. That plan has been updated, however, and the planners are now asking to expand an existing compressor station in the town of Wright.

If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues a license to build the pipeline, eminent domain authority would be bestowed upon the project engineers.

The Constitution Pipeline said the proposed route submitted to FERC reflects changes to 50 percent of the original pathway. They said most of those changes resulted from “stakeholder input.”

Opponents of the project have said the pipeline would attract gas drilling to the region. State officials have not yet decided whether to allow hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in New York.