U.S. energy regulators gave Williams Cos two more years, until December 2020, to get the approvals needed to build its long-delayed Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York, according to a federal.
If built, the 125-mile (201-km) pipeline would transport 650 MMcf/d of shale gas.
Before it can start building the project, Williams still needs water quality certification. New York state denied the permit in 2016, saying the company failed to provide enough information to determine whether the project would comply with state water standards.
Williams sued in federal court, arguing that New York waived its authority to decide on the certification by failing to act within a reasonable period. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to review the appeals court judgment that upheld the state’s decision.
This is the second two-year extension for the pipeline, which has been bogged down in regulatory and legal battles since FERC approved construction in December 2014.
According to Reuters, Williams has said it would take about 10 to 12 months to build the pipeline after it receives the necessary approvals.