NGI’s Shale Daily is reporting both the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Dept. of Interior (DOI) have filed requests with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend the comment period on the proposed 124-mile Constitution Pipeline. The Constitution will run from the prolific gas fields of Susquehanna County, PA across the border and up into Schoharie County, NY where it will interconnect with two major interstate pipelines–carrying Marcellus Shale natural gas produced by Cabot Oil & Gas and other drillers (see New Marcellus Constitution Pipeline Announces “Final” Route). Along the way a local utility company will tap into the Constitution to deliver natural gas to rural locations (see Leatherstocking to Tap Constitution Pipeline for Local Deliveries).
However, the Constitution will need to make a few changes, according to FERC (see FERC: Constitution Pipeline Should Make Changes to Lessen Impacts). But nothing too major. That is, unless the EPA and DOI jump in with new demands. Their delay is unwelcome and potentially troubling–although we’re not ready to hit the panic button just yet. Here’s what Shale Daily says about the request from EPA & DOI: