FERC OKs pipeline through Hunterdon County

Pending approval of a final implementation plan, a controversial interstate energy expansion project got the green light from state and federal regulatory officials to construct nearly 7 miles of natural gas pipeline through Hunterdon County.

The $341 million Northeast Supply Link project is designed to expand the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co.’s existing underground pipeline infrastructure to transport natural gas produced by Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale fields to northeastern markets. The project is expected to deliver gas to Princeton and New York by November 2013, with construction scheduled to begin this spring, according to a spokeswoman for the project’s owner, Tulsa-based natural gas transporter Williams Partners LP.