Constitution Pipeline builders gets OK from a Federal Judge to Cut Maple Trees owned by Pennsylvania family for Gas Pipeline
A court battle that was going on for some time between a family that owns a maple syrup business and a natural gas pipeline just ended with the Constitution Pipeline builders winning.
On Friday, a federal judge gave a green signal to the pipeline builders to cut down maple trees on approximately three acres owned by a Pennsylvania family. The decision will help in connecting the fracked gas from the shale fields of Susquehanna County with the consumer markets in New York and New England.
However, that marks the end the maple syrup production of Holleran family at Three Lakes Road in New Milford property. It was not clear how soon those trees will be cleared out.
A spokesman for Williams Partners based in Oklahoma said the company appreciates "the court's prompt resolution of this matter"
The Continental Pipeline which is scheduled to be operational in autumn is worth $875 million and will run 124 miles from Montrose, Pennsylvania, to Albany, New York. Megan Holleran, spokeswoman for North Harford Maple, said, "I think this is the most realistic outcome we could have expected. We never intended to disobey the judge's order."
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