After nearly a year and a half of construction, the Millennium Pipeline stretching across upstate New York is nearly complete.
The 182-mile-long natural gas pipeline is scheduled to begin operation in early December, a month behind schedule.
The Millennium Pipeline will run from Corning in the Southern Tier to Ramapo in suburban Rockland County, just north of New York City.
The pipeline was first proposed more than a decade ago to link up with suppliers in the downstate region. But work was delayed for years by a combination of regulatory complications and local opposition. The plan was eventually retooled and construction began in May 2007.
This week crews are still putting pipe in the ground in Orange, Delaware, Sullivan, Broome and Tioga counties. Pipeline is being tested in Chemung and Steuben counties and work is also being done on a compressor station in Corning.