A pipeline replacement project in Chester County has been delayed for at least a year because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission -- which is required to approve pipeline projects -- hasn't yet officially approved the project.
Pipeline company Transco already operates a natural gas pipeline in Chester County and was planning to replace more than 2,000 feet of it -- including a portion that crosses the Brandywine Creek. It had requested federal approval of the project by January -- and although FERC had issued an initial indication that the project wouldn't violate federal environmental regulations, the agency hadn't officually approved the replacement.
In a letter to FERC dated June 25, Transco officials said they had missed this year's construction window to complete the replacement and would delay construction by at least a year as a result.
State Sen. Andy Dinniman said in a press release Thursday that he welcomed the delay -- and that it would give area residents more time to explore other options for pipelines crossing the Brandywine.