Federal regulators have given final approval to a company planning a contested $3 billion pipeline to carry natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to Southern states.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the notice on Friday for 197-mile stretch of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Pennsylvania.
Climate activists, including a group of nuns who allowed activists to build an outdoor chapel on the proposed pipeline route, had challenged the project.
Christopher Stockton, a spokesman for parent company Williams Partners, says work will likely begin the week of Sept. 25. That's because the project's contractor needs time to prepare the site and mobilize equipment.
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Lancaster Against Pipelines, the activist group that built the chapel, have vowed to protect it.