The company that is planning to run a 124-mile pipeline carrying natural gas from the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale play to New England, traveling through the Twin Tiers says it will not have the Constitution Pipeline ready in the fourth quarter of this year as projected.

The company says it now has its sights set on the second half of next year since New York has not granted the necessary permits to allow for tree clearing ahead of the bird nesting season.

The Constitution Pipeline has already claimed groves of trees in Pennsylvania.

The company now says it expects to have the pipeline operational in the second quarter of 2017 pending the granting of the water quality permit by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.