It could be a year before federal regulators decide whether to greenlight a proposed 100-mile natural gas pipeline from northeast Pennsylvania to central New Jersey.
But already the company pushing the project and opponents are geared up for a fight.
Opponents say the pipeline poses possible environmental harm to the Delaware River Valley and would leave a scar across the region.
The PennEast Pipeline Company argues the $1 billion project will bring jobs and a reliable energy source to the region.
The debate comes as the company awaits a reply from federal regulators on a permit to proceed with construction.