PennEast says the exact route of a proposed natural gas pipeline it wants to build and that would pass through three or four counties in Pennsylvania before crossing the Delaware River to enter New Jersey and ultimately entering Mercer County in northwestern Hopewell Township is still unknown.
“Because this project is in the earliest stages of development, the exact route of the proposed pipeline hasn’t been finalized yet,” said Patricia Kornick, spokeswoman for the PennEast Pipeline Company. She said the route will be chosen after PennEast confers with “the stakeholders involved — landowners and regulatory agencies.”
She said PennEast will be conducting preliminary engineering studies in the months ahead and plans to file an application for the project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
“If all local, state and federal approvals are made in a timely manner, construction of the pipeline could begin in 2017,” she said.
The pipeline would carry natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. The line would run from Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania to Transco’s Trenton-Woodbury connection.
PennEast is investing nearly $1 billion in the project, Ms. Kornick said.